Residential adaptive reuse in inner city Melbourne

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    Onsman, Andrys
    2015 Conference Papers
    Architecture and Environment
    Conference Papers


This paper assumes an industry lens to examine the on-going practicality of small-scale, low rise adaptive reuse of unused building as residential developments. It includes an illustrative case study that tracks a local development company’s recent redevelopment of a small commercial building in Inner Melbourne, to be used as residences. The paper analyses its development in terms of profitability, sustainability and preservation, including design imperatives, administrative and regulative constraints, energy and sustainability ambitions and real estate market fluctuation. The paper concludes with a brief and speculative discussion on the practicality of adaptive reuse projects in Inner City Melbourne.


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