Use of old ma­te­rial a class act!

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

SUS­TAIN­ABLE DE­SIGN prac­tice k20 Ar­chi­tec­ture will be re­lo­cat­ing to their new South Mel­bourne of­fice in early 2017 and will be in­cor­po­rat­ing re­cy­cled tim­ber from the old­est pro­fes­sional theatre com­pany in Aus­tralia, the Mel­bourne Theatre Com­pany (MTC) within their of­fice fit out.

The cor­ner site on Fer­rars & Dou­glas Street in South Mel­bourne was home to the MTC for over three decades. Dur­ing this time per­form­ers such as Rachel Grif­fiths, Cate Blanchett, Ge­of­frey Rush, Vince Colosimo and Guy Pearce worked there.

When the MTC an­nounced a garage sale of all of its props and fur­ni­ture prior to mov­ing to their new Sturt Street of­fices, a queue lined up to claim a piece of the­atri­cal his­tory stretched around the block for hours. k20 Ar­chi­tec­ture were among the many who wished to claim the re­cy­cled tim­ber and pur­chased a num­ber of beams from Tim­ber Re­vival in 2015.

Mel­bourne Theatre Com­pany’s Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Vir­ginia Lovett says, “MTC had a proud and rich his­tory of re­hears­ing and build­ing hun­dreds of pro­duc­tions at the Fer­rars Street Head­quar­ters from 1978 through to 2009. We are de­lighted that as­pects of the Com­pany’s his­tory will live on in in­no­va­tive fit-outs such as this. I’d like to think the tim­ber from MTC’s work­shop will be a talk­ing point in its new lo­ca­tion, not only for its aes­thetic ap­peal but for the lo­cal his­tory story it re­flects”.

k20 Ar­chi­tec­ture Co-Di­rec­tor Theodore Ker­lidis said it is won­der­ful to be reusing some­thing lo­cal, that has not contributed to de­for­esta­tion.

“It is an op­por­tu­nity to merge avail­able re­sources back into the same lo­ca­tion and we are proud to be have a part of the his­toric MTC build­ing in­cor­po­rated within our new of­fice.”

“For us at k20 it is also our so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that our new fit out is as sus­tain­able as pos­si­ble.”

K20 Ar­chi­tec­ture Di­rec­tor Theodore Ker­lidis hold­ing the re­cy­cled tim­ber from the old MTC build­ing that we will be in­cor­po­rat­ing within the new of­fice fit out.

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