July 21st, 2013 - Clare Cousins Architect’s have recently completed Moor Street Studio in Fitzroy, a suburb of Melbourne. The upbeat and energetic design is an internal office fit-out for a creative design studio and a private residence for its directors within a striking three level building constructed in 2001 by architect Ivan Rijavec in Fitzroy.
Working beautifully within the original structure of the building, Clare Cousins, leading architect and founder of Melbourne-based practice, proposed a respectful approach to celebrating the historic building’s best assets, while implementing modern design elements.
The proposal consists of two mirrored self contained units over three levels in a striking architecturally designed building. Maintaining a restrained color palette the internal works focus on fine detailing & highly textured surfaces. Custom-designed elements were made in collaboration with local designers, including lighting designer Volker Haug, steel manufacturers Glyde Metal Industries Pty Ltd, and artist Rowena Martinich.
A boxy glass conference room becomes a eye-catching feature for the studio with a large scale commissioned mural painted by prominent local artist Rowena Martinich. The mural stands out among the white space and forms a colorful backdrop to the meeting room. The project respects the iconic nature of the existing building, while creating a strong visual identity for the design studio within.
The exterior of the building has an almost entirely glass front which was created during an architecture renovation in 2001. The renovation gave a modern look to the facade and ensured that bursts of sunlight filter through the office.