Herald Sun - New townhouses built to look like warehouse conversion

Converted warehouses hold a special place in Melbourne’s inner suburbs and are some of the city’s most sought-after properties.

Now a developer is creating townhouses to look like them from scratch.

Complete with sawtooth rooflines and exposed timber beams, the Oz Property Group project at 37-39 Shelley St, Richmond will include nine industrial-themed townhouses.


The DKO Architecture design replaces a former printers warehouse on a corner block with three street frontages.

37-39 Shelley St, Richmond

The townhouses feature unique industrial styling inside as well.

An angular facade and industrial warehouse-style windows add street appeal, while triple-storey floorplans take advantage of clerestory windows to create light-filled interiors.

Inside it will take industrial chic a step further, swapping out traditional kitchen and bathroom joinery for wire mesh screens.

SLAB Architecture director Seada Linardi oversaw the interior design and said it wasn’t about mimicking a converted warehouse, it was about reimagining it.

37-39 Shelley St, Richmond

Clerestory windows are oriented to the southwest — the same way all warehouse windows were to make the best of soft light for workers.

“It’s more paying tribute than mimicry,” Ms Linardi said.

“A chance to do what’s already there, but our take on it.”

A shared central courtyard garden will act as a secondary access to the homes for owners, and some of the townhouses will also come with a rooftop terrace, while others have a more traditional terrace adjoining their living area.

37-39 Shelley St, Richmond

Few converted warehouses can offer a rooftop terrace.

Each townhouse will have its own street frontage and pitched ceilings soaring almost 3.5m overhead.

“We’ve added more height to create more light,” Ms Linardi said.

Walnut timber floors and Caesarstone benchtops also feature alongside a “flexi room” facing the courtyard garden entry. Buyers can opt for custom joinery that allows them to add a fold-up bed and fold-up desk to the room or to turn it into a space more particular to their needs.

37-39 Shelley St, Richmond

Even the bathrooms have shades of industrial heritage, with mesh screen cabinets

Shops, cafes, green spaces along the Yarra River and schools are all within walking distance. The CBD is a short commute away via Victoria Pde trams or North Richmond train station.

The townhouses are priced from $1.35-$1.5 million.

An official launch is set for later this month, but sales agent Georgina Mellick said the project had already had a strong response on social media.

A display suite will open in the existing printers workshop on site on Saturday, March 30.

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