102 The Mill

A multi-level urban home reflecting the industrial past and character of its setting, with some re-inventive twists. This former warehouse is adapted into a four-storey home, uniquely connecting to its neighbourhood with pocket courtyards and balconies populating 30 percent of the site with landscape, where previously there was none.


Location Balmain, NSW - Traditional Custodians: Wann Peoples
Completion 2017

Our Team

Shaun Carter
Patrick Fitzgerald
Lisa Merkesteyn
Tai Danh Lien
Julie Niass


Engineering Cardno
Landscape Architecture Melissa Wilson Landscape Architects
Photography Brett Boardman

A warehouse adaptation creates a multi-level light and landscaped-infused home in a gritty inner suburb of Sydney.


Within the original warehouse framework are dramatic volumes of space like the 12-metre void carved through four levels, with a skylit staircase beside exposed brick walls. A new plan divides the interior into three zones: vertical circulation, a central services spine, and living and sleeping zones oriented outwards. The services spine anchors the interior with matte black joinery, releasing the western facade to a band of sliding windows. Burnt timbers from the warehouse are incorporated as courtyard walls, with this outdoor oasis centred around a pond lined in recycled bricks. The robust palette includes black brick-bond tiling to exterior walls, bathrooms in grey and white marble mosaics, and aged brass architectural hardware throughout.

An enigmatic series of indoor/outdoor spaces around original brick walls speak to the past and present.

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