Younghusband Wool Store Redevelopment

Woods Bagot

 

The Younghusband Wool Store Redevelopment sets a new benchmark for adaptive reuse projects by challenging the typical approach to property redevelopment. Guided by the principals of Community, sustainability and heritage, the mixed-use rejuvenation respects the rich character of the community and historical precinct. Located 4km north of Melbourne’s CBD, the Younghusband site is comprised of a series of large-scale industrial red brick buildings that were built over a period of 60 years from the turn of the twentieth century. Extending over two blocks and connected by a bluestone laneway, the space is centred on a wool store built in 1906. Spanning a 55,000m2 across 5 levels the sheer scale of the precinct likens it an urban design project as much as an architectural challenge. Employing a ‘touch lightly’ design sensibility that keeps what can be kept and removes only what needs to be removed, the design approach pays deep respect to the site’s unique personality. Home to a lively group of small e-commerce start-ups, artists, event organisers and recording studios, the Younghusband community is creative and socially-minded. Construction of the first stage will welcome home the community and allow the space to thrive with an addition of retail and amenity to support this. From a brewery to cafes and parking spaces for 370 bicycles a thriving hub will be created around the precincts 'town centre'.

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