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Vinegar Vats

Northcote

This incredible adaptation of a disused vinegar factory was carried out in an intirely sustainable manner. Not only does it use natural stack effect to cool the space, its constructiion was done with a zero waste solution. No skips were used. Everything on site was re-used, recycled or re-purposed. The basement was converted into an architecture studio with a 3 storey family home above. The vats were cleverly re-purposed as planters, workstations, toilets, laundry and even a fishpond. Natural light pours into the building a result of removing a third of the roof to create a garden court

Built in 1890, the building was a vinegar-making factory for the iconic Skipping Girl Vinegar brand.  It is now a 4 storey building. The Ground floor is an Architectural studio. The 3 Levels above are a family home.

This project was in effect an experiment to see if a building could be constructed without the need to dispose of any waste to landfill.  In Austrlaia, construction waste accounts for almost 46% of all volume of landfill.

We took great pride in the re-use of many of the existing materials on site including the 100 year old oregon beams and the “Northcote New” bricks that were made in the area at the turn of the 20th century.  All waste material on site was recycled, meaning that we did not have a need for a rubbish skip on site at any point.  There is a 3 storey home built on top of our basement level office.  All of the 4 storeys look out onto a lush courtyard filled with Australian natives.  The rain water from the site is collected at the re-purposed basement vats and redistributed throughout the toilets laundry and gardens in the building.

ONE20 Architects won the National Sustainability Award for Heritage Architecture  for this project.

This incredible adaptation of a disused vinegar factory was carried out in an intirely sustainable manner. Not only does it use natural stack effect to cool the space, its constructiion was done with a zero waste solution. No skips were used. Everything on site was re-used, recycled or re-purposed. The basement was converted into an architecture studio with a 3 storey family home above. The vats were cleverly re-purposed as planters, workstations, toilets, laundry and even a fishpond. Natural light pours into the building a result of removing a third of the roof to create a garden court

Built in 1890, the building was a vinegar-making factory for the iconic Skipping Girl Vinegar brand.  It is now a 4 storey building. The Ground floor is an Architectural studio. The 3 Levels above are a family home.

This project was in effect an experiment to see if a building could be constructed without the need to dispose of any waste to landfill.  In Austrlaia, construction waste accounts for almost 46% of all volume of landfill.

We took great pride in the re-use of many of the existing materials on site including the 100 year old oregon beams and the “Northcote New” bricks that were made in the area at the turn of the 20th century.  All waste material on site was recycled, meaning that we did not have a need for a rubbish skip on site at any point.  There is a 3 storey home built on top of our basement level office.  All of the 4 storeys look out onto a lush courtyard filled with Australian natives.  The rain water from the site is collected at the re-purposed basement vats and redistributed throughout the toilets laundry and gardens in the building.

ONE20 Architects won the National Sustainability Award for Heritage Architecture  for this project.

  • FIRM

    ONE20 Architects

  • Type

    Single Dwellings, Residential Estate

  • Area Size

    400 Sqm

  • Design Style

    Industrial

  • Architect / Designer

    Adrian Light

  • Location

    Inner Melbourne

  • Photographer

    Kit Haseldon

  • Status

    Completed

  • Year

    2018

  • Duration

    2 years

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