The Glasshouse Apartments were created within a 1950s building that the Lansdell family constructed as part of their glass business.
Six apartments were created by installing precast concrete walls within the original double brick building. A suspended ‘off form’ concrete floor was installed above the precast walls to create a second level, allowing for car parking and garage spaces on the original workshop floor. On top, the new concrete floor was polished and a lower section of roof was removed to allow for large balcony spaces. A higher section of roof with clearstory glazing was retained to light up the living areas on the upper level. The steel roof frame was featured throughout, whilst the ceiling was insulated and lined with sympathetic plywood.
The apartments were designed to be ‘shells’ or large and essentially empty spaces affording purchasers an opportunity to complete a fitout of their choosing and style. Compliance with the building code dictated that a kitchen, bathroom and laundry be included however these were installed on a “no frills” basis to minimise the impact on the final fitout. It was a goal of the project to feature as much of the original building as possible and use industrial style materials wherever new was necessary.
This project generated significant interest as a concept largely foreign to the Hobart market. Some market participants had trouble grasping the concept of buying a warehouse shell and tackling the fitout themselves, however that did not deter the masses with all of the apartments selling prior to completion.
42-50 Patrick Street, Hobart, Tasmania.
The Glasshouse Apartments