The Hat Factory, built on Gadigal Land, has survived a fire, a police invasion, and countless parties.
It's been a hat factory, a printers', a squat, and a "social-centre". Now it enters a new phase of its life.
The Hat Factory unpicks the romantic ideal of living in old industrial buildings.– the 2 dwellings are permeable rather than hermetic – more like a pair of glasshouses held within a masonry slipper than a loft-style apartment building. As vessels for knowledge, they retain memories of the past, at the same time offering a way to deliver compact, flexible urban living into the future
This project has been longlisted in the urban house category of Dezeen Awards 2021.
Architect: Welsh + Major
Project: Hat Factory
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