Carter Williamson Architects

Urban Developer Awards

Our project, The Mills of Balmain, has been shortlisted in the 2018 Urban Developer Awards.

The Mills of Balmain comprises four dwellings, including 102 The Mill and Truss House, on a former factory site in Balmain.

Rarely can you keep Australia’s industrial heritage and make a development work; The Mill of Balmain development does just this.

The ambition for The Mill was to preserve the industrial and varied history of Balmain whilst creating four inspiring and generous homes.

Our client came to us with a Development Application on the site that approved the demolition of all structures on the site, and the construction of a new residential apartment building. However, as a long-term landowner and resident of the area, our client wanted to do something special.

Our response was to re-use the remnant structure and form of the warehouses and create four individual dwellings. 102 The Mill is one of these transformations where by using the existing warehouse framework, we were able to create beautiful volumes including a 12m high void that brings light down four levels of winding stairs. Inside the adapted buildings the past industrial life is wonderfully evident. The recycled brick wall follows the staircase up, perfectly complimenting the steel beam elements on display for all to see throughout the home. The Mill embraces its structural elements instead of hiding them.

Truss House is a new building embedded with a memory of the site’s former industrial past through the re-use of salvaged roof trusses form the warehouse onsite. They create a new pitched skillion roof form, celebrating the exposed structure as an integral part of the character. The material palette nods to the existing timber mill building in its use of recycled brick walls, corrugated roof sheeting, concrete floors, and details,

102 The Mill is an example of considering existing buildings as an opportunity can result in the creation of generous, robust, and character filled home.

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