Fitzroy Shiatsu is a renovation of a longstanding Shiatsu practice within a Victorian-era three-storey shophouse in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.
It consists of a discreet street entry, stair landing and waiting area, three treatment rooms, powder-room and tea space.
A key driver of the project was to reuse as much as possible of the existing fitout to lower costs and minimise waste and stair traffic.
Waste was further minimised by selecting suppliers, designers and craftspeople located within a 5km radius of the site. This kept transport costs and pollution as low as possible.
Since completion, Fitzroy Shiatsu continues to delight its practitioners and clientele in use. It is a model for business owners who lease their spaces and have limited influence over the building envelope. The design makes the most of what the tenant can control, working within the envelope of an 1890s shop building.