Interior Design - Intelligent refurbishment over demolition and the demise of history.
With almost 20 years of corporate and work place interior design experience, the studio's principal and owner Alicia Marshall has developed a string of North East based projects that are benefiting the community. Myrtleford and Mount Beauty Libraries and the Alpine Shire Council offices have been three major projects now complete, that has seen the studio hone an honest aesthetic that promotes ESD principals, supports local trades and craftspeople, uses local materials where possible as well as encouraging the integral connection to nature that the region is know for.
The upgrades have encouraged reuse and clever refurbishment instead of demolition and new builds, discouraging abandonment of vintage, architecturally interesting structures that deserve new life and appreciation by the community.
1. Alpine Recovery Hub - Bright FEATURE PROJECT THIS MONTH
Post Bushfire and mid pandemic, Winding Road Design Studio was approached by Bushfire Recovery Victoria to design and project manage the build of the Alpine Recovery Hub, located in Bright Victoria. 150sqm of heritage space in a prime riverside location was offered as a secluded and sheltered environment for community services and people in crisis. With a strict brief and even stricter working conditions amidst COVID-19, the design was inspired by the existing raw, industrial, architectural shell, but the task was to create an environment that felt warm, approachable, welcoming and safe. Essentially a hot desk operation with no permanent staff, the need for privacy and sensitivity saw a soft curved pod of 2 consult rooms sit as an island within the space. The pod's smooth, curved skin is a passive element that provides acoustic separation and a non clinical solution. This small but important project is proud to have utilised all local trades and manufacturers, was completed on time and under budget and was the first of potentially more "Virtual' projects in the 'New World' for our studio. With the client, design and project management separated by geography, time and extreme global conditions, our reliance on screen face to face weekly meetings and documentation of all site works, meant that our mercurial team of numbers and faces can now take pride in having delivered a community facility that can provide a backdrop for the renewal and revitalisation of a region under duress.
2. Myrtleford Library, Myrtleford VIC. 300sqm. Grant acquired October 2018 - Completed April 30th 2019
3. Alpine Shire Council Offices Bright VIC. 500sqm sketch planning commenced mid 2018 - Build completed 20th May 2019.
4. Mount Beauty Library, Mount Beauty Victoria 250sqm commenced late 2017, completed January 2018.
4. Reed and Co Distillery, 15 Wills Street, Bright VIC. A refurbished cinema then mechanics building converted into a local Gin Distillery. A modern, textural space that is now the headquarters of the local Gin Distillers whose products showcase and focus on local botanical ingredients and produce.