126 year old vinegar factory given a new life by architect and Raven
When ONE20 Architects Director, Adrian Light came across the old Skipping Girl Vinegar factory in Northcote, Victoria, he had a dream but knew there would be a number of challenges. All that remained was a brick shell and many concrete vats below ground level. Adrian’s vision was to transform the building into a four storey home and office premises featuring an internal walled garden with sustainability a key aspect of the project.
No waste whatsoever left the building site and all existing steel windows together with the timber and brickwork were reused in the rebuild. The old vats were transformed into workstations, fishponds and other amenity spaces.
With any circa 1890 building that is left with rattling timber doors and misaligned windows, weatherproofing and acoustic sealing to NCC regulation was always going to be a challenge.
When it came to the complex task of sealing the various doors and windows, Adrian turned to a trusted supplier, Raven, to consult with them on weather, energy and acoustic sealing. “Being located on a busy Melbourne laneway meant acoustic as well as thermal comfort was an important consideration,” said Adrian.
Raven produces Australia’s most comprehensive and innovative range of door and window seals so Adrian knew he would get the best products and service for his project. Raven’s leading range is backed by unequalled industry knowledge and certified testing; so Adrian was confident knowing his project would meet the various building standards and codes.
The vinegar factory’s old steel doors and window frames were bent back into shape, sanded, painted and glazed. Some windows were turned at 90 degrees to become doors and the old mesh sills re-purposed to become tilting timber vents. “One of the best things about using Raven products was their depth of range. With such particular needs, I was able to find various profiles that were suitable or could be adapted whilst maintaining performance and compliance,” Adrian said.
“Over the years, I have come to rely on specifying Raven in my architectural business which made their products an easy choice for my home and architectural practice. It was wonderful to be able to consult directly with the experts at Raven on this project and together, come up with some creative solutions,” added Adrian.
Raven invented and developed the first door seals in Australia and is celebrating 65 years in business whilst continuing to remain at the forefront of the industry here and overseas. With in-house NATA accredited testing facilities and a professional team of engineers and designers, Raven can quickly develop new and innovative ways to respond to advances in the building industry here in Australia and around the world.
For more information, contact the Raven team on (08) 8384 5455, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.raven.com.au.
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