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ransforming a former gym space – built
inside the original 1930s Scarborough
Bus Depot – into a showroom for Kenlow
required some basic initial steps that
would change the workspace.
Low ceilings of just 2400mm required raising
to open the relatively small floor space (240sqm),
the better to feature the Kenlow shade structure
Due to a tight budget, the client wanted
to keep the ceiling and remove some partition
walls instead. However, on further inspection,
this old industrial building was found to conceal
a huge volume above the ceiling, complete with
a saw-tooth roof and great jarrah structure.
Lee Syminton Architect insisted the ceiling be
removed to expose the spectacular volume above,
resulting in the space taking on a whole new
energy and dynamism.
The existing roof structure became the defining
organisational element, including a new steel- and
timber-structured frame on which to hang the
majority of the products for display.
Following the concept of retaining the
industrial, raw appeal of the former bus depot,
there was also the requirement to balance this with
the contrasting luxury of finely finished timbers
and cabinetry work.
The floor was covered in inexpensive concrete
pavers to create a feel for the outdoors. Large
graphics were used to cover the walls and enhance
the sensation of shade on a hot summer’s day.
The completed project makes innovative use of
cheap materials, combined with existing industrial/
historic fabric. This contrasts with well-detailed
and crafted cabinet works and display frames in
a space that feels exciting, outdoor, and refined at
the same time. It is an excellent example of fine
finish and good use of volumes on a modest budget.
Lee Syminton Architect & Elle Deslandes Design
This old bus depot was the perfect shell in which to create a showroom
for outdoor products... and provided a few surprises along the way.
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