A TRULY CREATIVE SPACE
Located in Redfern, the 16 Eveleigh Creative Precinct was created in 2016, breathing new life in to the warehouse space that once housed the renowned and respected Australian brand Wear-proof Hosiery and Sheldon Leather Goods Mill.
Armed with the stories of what the site once was, the architects took cues from the original building tenants to try and continue their story and passion to “produce quality at the centre of their thinking” it wasn’t long before the team knew they wanted to inject this underlying philosophy of ‘quality and creativity’ into the spaces, and transmit it to the building’s new inhabitants.
This is done in a number of ways, the most obvious being the inclusion of original artworks commissioned by the building owners that serve as reminders of the buildings past, as if to say don’t forget what was created here when you are creating. The ‘Lucky Penny’ artwork, designed by Vince Frost of Frost Collective – a building tenant, and the ‘Secret of their Merit…’ mural by local Redfern artist Gemma O’Brien both reference the building’s early tenants.
The overall architectural design details, which work together to create a light filled, rustic + undone atmosphere were also thought out to celebrate the use of construction and industry materials which help highlight the importance of process and character, while ensuring the building would not just house a new wave of occupants, but make their stay comfortable and their work efficient and effective.
New steel was left raw to patina, still bearing exposed tool marks, barcodes and builders notes. Industrial relics were left in situ. Dismantled floor joists were reassembled into glass partition walls, and old structural steel refurbished and arranged as new lintels.
French oak floorboards, crisp white plaster ceilings and fine light fittings act as points of contrast and refinement to the crude existing masonry, where surfaces were stripped back via soda blasting to “reveal 100 odd years of the battle scars of industry”.
The new design also comes with a garden courtyard, which is shared between building tenants as well as the general public via the on-site concept kitchen café Henry Lees. This courtyard acts as the link between what goes on behind door and the outside world, joining with the overall design to “connect people, reference and re-interpret the past with the new creativity from the area”.