Alphington Paper Mill Reworked Into Warehouse-Model Residences

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The Alphington Paper Mill in Melbourne’s inside north is starting a brand new chapter as the house of distinctive warehouse-style flats.

Fourdrinier Home is the primary tailored constructing from the previous paper mill to launch at YarraBend, Glenvill Growth’s masterplanned group.

In a seamless mix of outdated and new, the retained constructing will characteristic a group of 47 boutique one, two and three-bedroom flats over 4 ranges, offering a uncommon alternative for patrons to personal a slice of inner-north, Melbourne historical past.

“I believe it will likely be fairly extremely wanted on condition that it’s a very distinctive providing on this location,” says Cameron Kusher, REA Group’s government supervisor – financial analysis.

Glenvill’s gross sales and advertising and marketing director, Sam Tucker, says it could have been simpler to demolish the outdated constructing and begin over.

“It’s such a recognisable and outstanding constructing, we knew we needed to give it a brand new lease of life,” says Tucker, who immediately recognised the conversion alternative for the attractive outdated brick constructing.

“We imagine it holds a variety of heritage and historic benefit.”

As soon as a part of a paper mill, Fourdrinier Home is ready up for twenty first century dwelling.


Constructed circa 1936, the constructing was referred to as the Wetlap constructing, the place moist wooden pulp was become extra refined paper product throughout the early phases of paper manufacturing.

At present, it takes its title from the Fourdrinier machine, a revolutionary machine for producing a steady roll of paper.

Working carefully with its design accomplice, Techne Structure + Inside Design, Glenvill will retain and re-imagine the unique components wherever potential, together with the unique pink brick facade and parapet element.

Historical past on present

In a method made synonymous by Techne in earlier tasks, together with the revitalised iconic Esplanade Resort and Village Belle Resort, the hallmarks of the paper mill are on present from the foyer to the rooftop.

Above the daring new extension, a rooftop terrace will likely be obtainable to Fourdrinier Home residents.


“It’s only a bit totally different we took this summary concept of the paper manufacturing and turned it right into a sculptural response,” says Nick Travers, Techne’s  director.

“We had been in a position to form the constructing in fascinating methods and nonetheless create purposeful dwelling areas.”

For starters, the outside of the constructing consists of sculpted partitions and cylindrical vertical components. Perforated screens roll throughout the facade celebrating the economic historical past of paper making and offering solar safety.

Pink brick is retained on the exterior partitions highlighted by concrete beams, columns and black-framed home windows and doorways, plus steel cladding that defines the addition on prime.

Perfecting the inside

Contained in the constructing, the groups at Glenvill and Techne labored collaboratively over six months and a number of design iterations.

The foyer displays the economic model impressed by the retained exterior, whereas a rooftop terrace will home barbecue amenities, sculptural raised planter beds, an edible backyard, bench seating and eating areas.

Slightly than a standard mild and darkish inside scheme, the schemes favour totally different ranges of commercial design.


Towards the backdrop of the constructing’s unique shell, the flats are spacious, light-filled and have components together with uncovered concrete ceilings that soar 3m to the dwelling areas.

“It’s not simply whitewashing the constructing with industrial flavour,” says Travers. “We’re creating model new flats on this outdated manufacturing facility shell and the amenity within the flats was all the time prime of thoughts.”

Different statements embrace a characteristic brick tiled splash again within the kitchen, refined steel accents and 220mm huge floorboards, together with round motifs together with cylindrical basins within the bogs.

“The kitchen and toilet designs have been crafted to create a very modern final result, which speaks to the heritage of the place and utilizing supplies in fascinating methods,” Travers says.

Better of each worlds

As a part of YarraBend, residents will get pleasure from a location 450m from Alphington practice station, 6.5km from the CBD, and with entry to YarraBend’s 200m of Yarra River frontage.

There’s the New York-inspired Paper Path – an elevated piazza of tracks and paths – plus an architect-designed, world-class wellness centre with onsen spas, indoor and outside pool.

Photo voltaic panels and water tanks are among the many challenge’s sustainability options.


YarraBend could have its personal Tech Concierge, available to assist resolve know-how points, in addition to an artisanal meals hub curated by restaurateur Scott Pickett and a neighbouring native procuring centre.

Fourdrinier Home is ready up for twenty first century dwelling, with residence automation as a typical inclusion, in addition to entry to YarraBend’s co-working areas, a residents’ app and free Wi-Fi inside a number of parks.

Setting a golden commonplace for mixing the outdated and new, Fourdrinier Home honours the constructing’s previous whereas pondering forward.

All footage equipped by Glenvill Developments. 

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