Renovating a converted lolly factory in Melbourne was made easy with the right architect
A striking element and an emphasis on making the most of existing elements has turned this old lolly factory into a feel-good family home
Little Daisy is one lucky bub. Not only has she landed herself a loving family, but she’s set to grow up in a former lolly factory with a suspended walkway the colour of fairy flfloss over the living room. It’s safe to say, playdates are a sure thing.
Her parents, Sarah and Michael, bought the former factory fifive years ago. While date-stamped to the 1990s, it offered an amazing sense of space and the ideal open-plan set-up for a couple that value sharing food with friends.
When the heritage facade demanded attention, the pair turned to architects Christie Petsinis and Tim Wilson of Folk Architects for restoration works and to bring the interiors up to scratch. The architects added an additional level – a discreet box that pops up behind the facade – to house a master bedroom, but tried to tread as lightly as possible with the rest of the update, ‘making good’ rather than reinventing. “We tried to reuse as much as we could and came up with quite minimal changes that have made a dramatic difference,” says Christie.
The most striking element is the candy-pink metal staircase and walkway, where the original structure has been matched with perforated powder-coated steel treads. The play of light, movement and pattern is a beautiful reward. “It creates a real sense of interest in the space and draws your eye up,” says Sarah.