This project begins with an adaptive reuse of an old industrial Kodak Factory building located in Coburg, Victoria. Reprogramming the building with a Film and Photography Complex and community Aquatics Centre allows for the strategic insertion of new elements whilst revealing and restoring the old.
This collision of programs and materials aims to reveal the architecture of this iconic building whilst responding to the local context. The project extends across a park, divided by paving, follies and buildings: traces of the old and fragments of the new. Programs overlap and intersect by extracting from the existing and the insertions of new. Abrupt visual connections are forged between both programs where elements such as the internal pool collide with the existing building.
Light and transparent, these new insertions contrast with the weight and solidarity of the existing, whilst internally volumes of program and circulation gantries appear to float inside the existing shell.