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For Sale: A Converted Collingwood Warehouse Inspired By Opéra Garnier

On The Market

We’re willing to bet there’s only one Collingwood warehouse conversion inspired by Paris’ Opéra Garnier — and it’s currently for sale!

This incredible three-storey apartment (if you can even call it that!) in an 1877-1908 building of the Foy & Gibson complex (a former department store and factory) encompasses three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a huge living space, rooftop terrace, and has a separate car space.

Architects The Rexroth Mannasmann Collective designed the renovated interiors, drawing on the French theatre’s stage, foyer, circulation, and intimate back of house areas to form the dramatic yet domestic home you see today. 

3rd June, 2022

17/79 Oxford Street, Collingwood is an incredible apartment within the Foy & Gibson complex — and it’s on the market! Photography – SpaceCraft

The apartment is one of the converted warehouses in the former department store and factory spanning several Collingwood buildings. Photography – SpaceCraft

The current owners have lived in the home for 12 years, working with ‘genius’ architects The Rexroth Mannasmann Collective to renovate the interiors. Photography – SpaceCraft

Rexroth Mannasmann Collective were given free reign over the space, creating an eclectic and theatrical home inspired by Paris’ Opéra Garnier (1961-1875). Photography – SpaceCraft

Adding to the theatrical nature of the space is a custom lighting scheme, featuring retrofitted theatre lights, bespoke chandelier, floor lamps, and seven different scenes under the original Oregon trussed ceilings. Photography – SpaceCraft

The renovation reworks the idea of a stage, theatre box, foyer, and back-of-house area to introduce playful drama in a residential context. Photography – SpaceCraft

‘There is a rich opulence in the finished surfaces, from carpeted and pressed tin walls to the original turned wood joists and wood lined ceilings,’ say the vendors. Photography – SpaceCraft

The freestanding en suite bath which looks out over the living room below! Photography – SpaceCraft

The top level bedroom connecting to the rooftop terrace. Photography – SpaceCraft

Entertain guests on the rooftop terrace. Photography – SpaceCraft

The 1887-1908 building was designed by architect William Pitt. Photography – SpaceCraft

Amelia Barnes
Friday 3rd June 2022

There’s some incredible homes in Collingwood’s iconic Foy & Gibson complex, but this large three bedroom, two bathroom apartment might just be the building’s best.

The current owners have lived in this three-storey apartment for 12 years, working with ‘genius’ architects The Rexroth Mannasmann Collective to renovate the home.

Rexroth Mannasmann Collective were given free rein over the project, creating an eclectic and theatrical home inspired by Paris’ Opéra Garnier (1861-1875). Their design reworks the idea of a stage, theatre box, foyer, and back-of-house area to introduce playful drama in a residential context. 

‘The opulent foyer, the upper levels evoking the private boxes looking down on the performance salon, and back-of-house functionality that does not impinge on the main living areas reflects the design influences,’ say the owners. ‘There is a rich opulence in the finished surfaces, from carpeted and pressed tin walls to the original turned wood joists and wood lined ceilings.’ 

Adding to the theatrical nature of the space is a custom lighting scheme featuring retrofitted theatre lights, bespoke chandelier, floor lamps, and seven different scenes under the original Oregon-trussed ceilings.

‘It is an impressive space, but also one in which people instantly feel welcome,’ say the owners. ‘The large open kitchen dining living space under a very high ceiling is brilliant for dinner parties and larger gatherings, but is also a warm and inviting space that is flooded with sunshine in the mornings, and calming spots in which to relax and read the paper. 

‘Outside the main bedroom, a balcony overlooks the main space. It’s a unique and most enjoyable spot for a conversation or a bath.’ (Did we mention the freestanding bath overlooking the living area?!)

The home’s three bedrooms are defined yet versatile: one on the ground floor featuring a foldaway bed (enabling its alternative use as study or second living room), the second upstairs with a wall of openable French doors and en suite, and another on the very top floor leading to the rooftop terrace. 

Add to this a secure car space, and you have one very impressive inner-city Melbourne home! 

17/79 Oxford Street, Collingwood, Victoria is listed with Simon Shrimpton at Jellis Craig and goes to auction Saturday June 18 at 1pm. 

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