Skipping Girl Vinegar Factory Conversion
This involved the conversion of the original Skipping Girl Vinegar factory in Northcote Built in 1890. The building was initially built as a bakery, but was re-purposed as a vinegar factory in 1900. It was owned by the “Melbourne Vinegar Company” later known as “Skipping Girl Vinegar”. The project is wholly sustainable on an number of levels. The Construction phase involved a zero waste policy, where no rubbish skips were allowed on site. Every material needed to be either re-used, recycled or re-purposed. A number of sustainable practices were utilized in the build including, high performance windows, thermal mass, insulation, natural ventilation and shading. But beyond the environmental construction and design methods this project is overwhelmingly about changing the construction process. This project challenges the way we build things in a sustainable manner. By re-using or repurposing every material found on site, It can truly be said that the building is preserved, albeit in some cases the materials are used in a wholly contemporary manner.