Renovating, altering and extending hold the romantic allure of combining existing, sometimes historic parts of a building into a new iteration. However, compared to a fresh start, working with old masonry, plumbing and roofing is often fraught with frustrations, both foreseeable and not.
Just around the corner from this bluestone pile is Revival, a contemporary reinterpretation of that style by the emerging Melbourne architecture firm of Honeyman + Smith.
In good measure the Melbourne architectural practice, Croxon Ramsay, has succeeded in designing a facility that builds neighbourhood capacity, a case in point being the Saltwater Community Centre at Point Cook, which lies within the City of Wyndham on Melbourne’s outer west. One of Victoria’s largest growing municipalities, Wyndham’s population is booming, having more than doubled since 2006. To accommodate this phenomenal expansion, the city had good reason to build 10 community centres over a ten-year period, Saltwater being the most recent.
Balfour Park uses a rich weave of brick, stone and concrete. Brick is used as a decorative medium in a series of colours and patterns, inspired by the adjacent brewery buildings, workers terraces and old factory buildings that form the park’s historic backdrop.
Concrete elements complement the textured brick surfaces, echoing the modern insertions throughout the neighbourhood and bringing a contemporary feel to the park.