The Water Factory involves the refurbishment and residential conversion of a late 19th century industrial warehouse building of individual heritage significance. Located in North Fitzroy Victoria Australia, the building previously contained businesses such as a jam factory, aerated water factory, advertising agency and engineering consultancy.
To address the need for multiple possibilities for extended family living, Andrew Simpson Architects conceived to create what appears to be a collection of houses contained within the broader envelope of the building. The plan is subdivided in two on the ground floor and internally connected to create two side-by-side dwellings which have separate main street entrances for different members of the family.
The ceiling geometry which intersects with the original warehouse roof trusses, varies and undulates along the cross-section of the building. Its gable pitches creates an abstract allusion of several houses being contained within the main volume.