Dezeen takes a look at Bruce Street

11 September 2023
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Set within Kensington’s historic industrial precinct, the eight-storey commercial development designed at 18-20 Bruce St is the first project to pass Melbourne City Council’s Green Factor Tool and is set to revive an area ready for life again. Dezeen article excerpt below.

Deep balconies at Bruce Street protect glazing and offer ample outdoor amenity for tenants to enjoy. Photography by Rory Gardiner.

Australian architecture studio Carr drew on 20th-century industrial warehouses for this office building in Melbourne, which features a stepped frontage of perforated red-brick columns.

The office on Bruce Street is the first large building to reach completion in the redevelopment of an “industrial wedge” in Kensington, a suburb defined by brick warehouses and grain siloes dating back to the early 1900s.

Tapping into this industrial heritage, Carr used exposed concrete floor plates, red brick and metal for the eight-storey building.

“With red brick, render and metalwork predominant in many of the neighbouring industrial buildings, the use of the latter was essential in any proposal given it was the first building of scale to be developed in this district,” Associate Director Stephen McGarry told Dezeen.


Publication – Dezeen
Publication date – September 2023
Link to story – Industrial warehouses inform Melbourne office block by Carr


Internally Bruce Street gradually transitions from brick pavers to concrete, bringing with it the rust red tones of the brick through the metal detailing and paintwork.