Situated moments from the Yarra River in Alphington, Fourdrinier House is the first residential offering within an original building of the old paper mill in Melbourne’s newest master-planned neighbourhood, YarraBend. Across five storeys and impressive rooftop space, an innovative warehouse conversion has been realised through the sensitive acknowledgement of the site’s history, a rarified natural aspect that maintains high connectivity to inner-urban Melbourne, and eminent architectural design.
The Yarra’s northern bank is resonant for its profound sense of place within Melbourne’s urban fabric and the unique opportunity it presents to develop an enriched neighbourhood within the industrial fragments that remain from the former Alphington Paper Mill. This pioneering icon of Victoria’s 1930’s has settled back into its natural surrounds over the better part of the last century acting as a valuable placeholder on the city fringe for the future. Multi-award winning firm Techne has now reformed a building from the paper mill with architectural gestures to its heritage alongside a highly sustainable and activated approach to holistic liveability.