The Water Factory

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An industrial warehouse built in the 19th century and formerly the location of an aerated water factory has been completely transformed into a spectacular living space by Andrew Simpson Architects. Since the building had heritage significance, the exterior, walls and footprint of the site had to be maintained, which presented various challenges for the architects. The clients wanted a home that could house several members of the family under one roof, so the team needed to develop new ways to partition the space. The ground floor was divided in two separate homes, each with their own main entrance. To compensate for the high ceilings and to improve both ventilation and the amount of light reaching the interior, several skylights were added to the north and south-facing roofs. The result is a monumental space that is reminiscent of an art gallery or a museum, yet the home has a distinct intimate feel to it. The light floods through large windows and skylights, enhancing the roomy ambience of the interior further. In other parts of the house, sliding panels are used to provide privacy when needed or to create open plan spaces. The design is dominated by straight lines in both the structure of the building and the chosen furniture pieces. Original roof beams in a darker color and geometric shapes intersect across the ceiling, creating a striking visual effect. The materials and color palette are kept natural and light. Pale beige paint, exposed natural stone in cream and coffee tones, wooden floors boasting caramel shades and elegant organic lines, white walls, clear glass. This unique home adds a new chapter to the building, and it is certainly the most intriguing and stylish in its long history. Photography by Shannon McGrath.

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