388 Barkly Street is a collection of 11 sustainable apartments led by DREAMER, in collaboration with Breathe Architecture. The project is an adaptive reuse of a c.1930 brick warehouse encouraging sustainable, small-footprint living.
With the densification of inner suburban areas, an increasingly critical component of successful city-making, 388 Barkly Street aimed to create a generous and high-quality variation of multi-residential housing that could offer an attractive alternative to the suburban family home.
At the occupant level, the project focuses on creating a small and diverse community that supports low energy, low waste, sustainable and healthy lifestyles. Strategies include employing biophilic design, with strong connections to extensive planting, providing multiple waste streams, encouraging the use of EVs and bicycles, and amplifying connections to public transport networks and nearby parks and recreational hubs.
From the earliest discussions, the design was informed by surrounding historic housing as well as details within the existing building to ensure the renovated warehouse still connected strongly to the neighborhood character of Brunswick. Apartment widths and layouts draw from the pattern of terraced housing; window articulation from surrounding houses of the 1970s; new ground-level security screens reference the existing metal windows; and external timber fins emulate the pattern of wall niches left by the original timber roof beams.
The new building addition sits sensitively within the preserved brick shell and comprises two volumes separated by a landscaped external atrium. This helps to naturally light and ventilate the dwellings, creating a sequence of open-air, planted spaces that connect all the apartment entries and provide meaningful contact with gardens when traveling through the building.
在内部，公寓被安排在采光井和种植园周围，并采用了克制的材料调色板，与富有特色的现有砖块外壳相抵消。优先考虑耐用材料和 “织物优先 “的方法，从而减少居民的维护和运营成本。双层高的空隙和分段式游戏为三居室的公寓带来了额外的自然光，而1-2居室的住宅则有凸起的种植庭院，从所有卧室都能看到绿色植物。
Internally, apartments are arranged around lightwells and planted courts and feature a restrained palette of materials that is offset against the characterful existing brick shell. Priority was given to durable materials and a ‘fabric first’ approach, thereby reducing maintenance and operational costs for residents. Double-height voids and sectional play bring additional natural light into the 3-bedroom apartments, while the 1-2 bedroom dwellings have raised planted courts offering views to greenery from all bedrooms.
As part of the ambition to provide amenities similar to a more substantial house, key features include large fully-plastered storage rooms for each apartment, on-grade car parking, and a generous communal bike parking room located centrally to the building with maintenance facilities and automatic doors for ease of access.
Architects: Breathe Architecture, DREAMER
Manufacturers: Artemide, Frama, MDF Italia, VERZOLLINI
Lead Architect: Ben Shields
Architect: DREAMER, Breathe Architecture
Directors: Ben Shields, Jeremy McLeod
Project Architects: Piers Morgan, Ben Schmideg, Mitchell Sack, Miles Ritzmann-Williams, Marie Penny, Malisa Benjamins, Bonnie Herring, Mark Ng, Madeleine Sewell