Luke Lucas and his wife, Penny, bought this industrial building on the northern fringes of Melbourne, Australia, as part of a consortium, which they and some other creative types subdivided into five spaces nine years ago. Built during World War II, the building was essentially a shell when they purchased it, with no gas, sewage or running water. Making it a livable space was a lengthy process that took a few years before the couple could move in, but the result pays tribute to the building’s industrial heritage while combining it with modern comforts and simple design. It’s also the perfect place for Luke to work on his illustrative and conceptually driven lettering and type. Many thanks to Luke and Penny! — Anne
Image above: Through the window you can see one of the original window frames of the building, which was removed during the renovation process. We chose to hang it on the wall outside to use as a climbing frame for the vines below.
See more inside Penny and Luke’s industrial Australian home after the jump . . .
Image above: This is part of my home workspace, which is in front of what used to be a car entrance. We kept the crusty old roller door installed. Most of our furniture is pre-loved, but this desk designed by George Nelson was the very first piece of new furniture I ever purchased.
Image above: This is the dining space. There’s a framed section of concrete at the far end that was reinforced for the use of a large press back in the day, and the floor is a little like a patchwork with different concrete poured at different times in the building’s history.