Skipping Girl Vinegar Factory Conversion

ONE20 Architects have now moved into our new offices in Eastment st Northcote.  This was an exciting redevelopment of an old factory.  We took great pride in the re-use of many of the existing materials on site including the 100 year old oregon beams and the “Northcote New” bricks that were made in the area at the turn of the 20th century.  All waste material on site was recycled, meaning that we did not have a need for a rubbish skip on site at any point.  There is a 3 storey home built on top of our basement level office.  All of the 4 storeys look out onto a lush courtyard filled with Australian natives.  The rain water from the site is collected at the re-purposed basement vats and redistributed throughout the toilets laundry and gardens in the building.

ONE20 Architects won the National Sustainability Award for Heritage Architecture  for this project.


Here is the press release.


Sustainability Awards winners revealed – by Branko Miletic


Skipping Girl Vinegar Factory Conversion by ONE20 Architects
Built in 1890, the building was initially a bakery, then it was turned into a vinegar-making factory in 1900, later becoming known as the “Skipping Girl Vinegar” brand.

The project has been designed to be sustainable down to the construction phase which involved a zero-waste policy, where no rubbish skips were allowed on site and where every material was re-used, recycled or re-purposed.

By using high performance windows, thermal mass, insulation, natural ventilation and shading, this project challenges the way we build things in a sustainable manner.

By re-using each material found onsite, it can be said that the building itself was totally preserved.

From the judges: “Adaptive reuse is a good thing, but re-purposing every piece of old material in the process takes the Skipping Girl Factory project to a higher level of performance, and makes it an exemplar for so much of our urban renewal and revitalisation.”

We are pleased to have the award winning Australian Singer/Songwriter Gretta Ray provide the soundtrack to this video of the history of the building with her song “Blank White Canvas’”.


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Photographs by Kit Haselden and Luca Calvanese




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