Malvern Rd
South Yarra   |   2022

Mixed-Use, Commercial, Interior Design

Yunwei Xu, Owen Fisher, Juan Hernandez, Karen Sok

The brief for this extraordinary Heritage project began with a myriad of ideas for what this historic building could be in its next life. The design team examined its past, as a former schoolhouse and subsequently an Auction house for many years, and with present day overlays helping to preserve the integrity of the building, the overall design has incorporated several feasibility options ranging from larger residential options to creating apartment arrangements within the building envelope, and finally landing on a bespoke office scheme. To infuse the building with a sense of optimism and embellishment on what, originally, would have been a fairly paired back interior.

The new layout for this boutique office encompasses beautifully finished individual offices, some shared workspaces and a large social space with bar alongside exceptional amenities to support a co-working facility or individual business tenants.

The old School house is an incredible piece of architecture, very typical and of its era so to be able to honour the building with an adaptive new use, and an invigorated interior design that compliments all the period detailing while providing contemporary, high ceilinged spaces for flexible working arrangements has been the ultimate goal for the design.


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