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Graffiti House designed by Durack Architects, is both a family home and a thoughtful study of urban reuse. By transforming what was once a warehouse, the insightful rigor of Durack Architects creates an introspective home that embraces natural elements and uses the previous generous volumes to create moments of familiar intimacy. Besides, the house offers the sophisticated design of interior of living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, brings the high end amenities for the owner.

Also, the owner had a love of utilitarian warehouse buildings and was adamant that the feel of the original space was not lost through the renovation. Hence, the conversion of the building into a new 3 bedroom home was a deliberate attempt to prioritize spatial quality over floor space. While the original structure had a singularly dramatic presence it also was at risk of being spatially amorphous and without definition. To address this the existing volumes maximized and defined by a U-shaped mezzanine. While creating a home with a real sense of connectedness this plan also encouraged intimate spaces wrapped around a protected and elevated courtyard.

In addition to this, a relationship has been created between the home and the park through the breaking down and opening up of the facade through the raised landscaped courtyard. Hence, the house offers the
private spaces but still connects the outdoors as well.

The Architecture Design Project Information:

Graffiti House, Converts from Warehouse into Artwork by Durack Architects
In addition to the façade, the owner and a local design made a full wall graffiti. Hence, from a warehouse, the building becomes a work of street art.
Graffiti House, Converts from Warehouse into Artwork by Durack Architects
New owners want to design an open house, prioritize quality over area and moderate cost. They also claim to retain the “sense of a warehouse”.

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Graffiti House, Converts from Warehouse into Artwork by Durack Architects
The courtyards not only create an open house according to the owner’s wishes…
Graffiti House, Converts from Warehouse into Artwork by Durack Architects
… but also ensure privacy for the couple, separating their lives from the streets outside.

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To keep a warehouse-like space, the house revealed steel details and wooden beams.
In addition to this, the architects arranged the living space to intertwine with the courtyards.

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Graffiti House, Converts from Warehouse into Artwork by Durack Architects
Also, industrial wire mesh commonly seen in factories is used for railings.

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From the owner’s demand, the design team took advantage of the existing high ceiling of the warehouse to add a mezzanine floor for the project.
Graffiti House, Converts from Warehouse into Artwork by Durack Architects
Graffiti House, Converts from Warehouse into Artwork by Durack Architects
Small accessories also evoke a warehouse like the brass faucet.

The Graffiti House Gallery:


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Text by the Architects: Graffiti House is the amalgamation of a brief which sought to convert an existing clothing warehouse into a home that was both a refuge punctuated with moments of intimacy while also a series of spaces with a sense of drama and connection with the outdoors. The project had a shaky start on-site and not long into the construction the original builder became insolvent. Fortunately, Durack Architects shares an office with a respected builder who was able to take over the works and bring the project back to life.

Photo credit: Katherine Lu| Source: Durack Architects

For more information about this project; please contact the Architecture firm :
– Add: 118 Macpherson St, Bronte NSW 2024, Australia
– Tel: +61 402 425 369
– Email: [email protected]

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