Use of old material a class act!
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.”