In this project a vacant mid 20th century service station was converted into the operating premises for a small dry-cleaning company. Complex functional requirements were combined with the challenges and constraints of the existing structure and an extremely tight budget. This has yielded a responsive architecture focused on client and user needs while finding delight in the simple elegance of the existing building.


2002                 Royal Australian Institute of Architects  Commercial Building -  Commendation

“The jury is impressed by this transformation of a former service station into a dry cleaning business.

With minimum outlay and a large dose of flair, the clients have gained a sophisticated and visually arresting shopfront which turns heads on busy New Town Road.

The jury commends the architects for recognising formal qualities in an obsolete building and then appreciating how to convert the architectural potential into a distinctive commercial presence for a new business”. 

Image: Kevin Wiggins