Woodform custom profiles old Oregon beams into timber battens
The sophisticated redevelopment of a heritage listed 1920s warehouse has transformed an old Morris Minor assembly factory into the new $90 million state-of-the-art headquarters for the Victorian and Tasmanian chapter of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.
Housing the offices and facilities for the Melbourne Processing Centre, the redevelopment posed a series of challenges for Design Inc – how to modernise the exterior and interior in order to create a world class workspace, whilst maintaining the historical integrity of the architecture and retaining some of the key features of the original building.
Woodform Architectural were approached to perform the challenging task of salvaging and restoring the stately Orgeon beams from the original warehouse interior, transforming them into the striking visual feature at the heart of the new design. The Oregon beams were reused in an aesthetic lining capacity, meeting the heritage brief for historical preservation and sustainability.
To achieve the unique texture of the wooden lining, Woodform were tasked with machining the battens from the original beams, and using the Concept Click system were able to create a sequence of 12 battens in a random combination. The battens were profiled and fitted into steel spring clips, which were pre-indexed and riveted to an aluminium track. The track was screwed into existing blockwork and the battens clipped in with a simple click manoeuvre.
The end result is a stunning combination of history and modernity; an old building brought back to life with new technology, and the timeless beauty of Oregon timber salvaged from an ageing structure.
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