Rokeby Street Studio

John Wardle Architects

Our tactile studio transforms the industrial nature of the inner suburb.

As industries become global, generational change occurs, and cities increase density and use. Our studio is built around and within a former mid-twentieth century outpost of an English paint manufacturer.

We extended a thin sliver of space along one edge of the original building, creating a presence on the street that is both front door of the cafe at ground level and meeting spaces for the studio above. A perforated and corrugated zinc screen is both factory-like and highly wrought, both old and new, and the suggestion of studio activity behind is made visible.

At ground floor a fashion production house foregrounds the act of making and extending the traditions of industry. The two upper levels are dedicated to the industrious nature of our architectural practice. 

The studio is on the first level, densely populated by staff, and a hive of activity and conversation. On the top floor, set beneath the original steel trusses and gable roof, a workshop space, quiet library, informal meeting, and kitchen connect with an external terrace with views across neighboring rooftops.

The contrast of these two types of space allow for both intense focus and quiet contemplation. Our clients interact with both spaces, gaining an integrated understanding of the diversity of work undertaken across their projects.’ –


2014 AIA Victorian Architecture Awards
Commendation – Commercial Architecture, Interior Architecture and Urban Design