This was a dream project for Mancini Made – the transformation of two historic churches into spectacular apartments combined with the opportunity to collaborate with MAP Architecture and White Fox real estate.
One church is 150 years old and the other over 100, each an enduring example of the architecture of years gone by. Soaring voids are created with vast arched ceilings. Gothic arches elegantly define doorways and passageways. Majestic stained-glass windows radiate classic beauty. And the original chapel doors encourage grand entrances.
To produce a unique collection of individual boutique residences, uncompromisingly contemporary styling with industrial designer edge is fused with heritage architecture.
Polished concrete floors flow through the ground level while oak flooring graces the upperlevel bedrooms. Marble workbenches dominate the light filled appliance-rich kitchens. On upper levels, industrial-style sliding doors reveal lavish bathrooms and spacious walk-in robes. A series of new skylights augment the many stained-glass windows to enhance the natural play of light. A graceful timber staircase rises over three levels, floating alongside the existing church walls and the images emanating from priceless stained glass.
The sheer size, mass and scale of the buildings combined with the intrinsic value of the original features was an exciting challenge for the construction team. Paul and Anthony Mancini describe the project as “a once-in-a lifetime opportunity” and were delighted that White Fox called our construction team “very much design oriented”.
Our experience of this unique project is perfectly echoed in the client’s words… “To see a piece of history being reborn evokes an enormous sense of satisfaction and pride.”
– Elsternwick, Melbourne
– MAP Architecture