The historic building known as Griffith Teas has always been such a good sight to see because of the sash windows arrayed on a clean row, the remarkable trapezoid shape and the brickwork which shows how the masters of the past worked. The building was finished in 1915 and it has been standing where it is for over 100 years. It was originally a tea warehouse and then turned into a sewing factory until such time when it was abandoned and left for the pigeons to nest in. It clearly needed some love from a rope access company in Sydney in order to restore and clean its exterior.
In 2014, the building was bought by a developer in order to be transformed into a residential building. the challenge lies with renovating the building but maintaining its heritage and the task was awarded to PopovBass, a team known for their award-winning designs.
According to Alex Popov, the co-director of the firm, when they are dealt with an old building their rule of thumb is to leave it as is. There is no way you can change the way a heritage is designed. He explained the misconception of many that building a new one while mimicking the façade as well as the brickwork will be the same when in fact it is obvious that the new building is not genuine no matter the technology used.
Currently, the building holds 38 luxury apartments and majority of them have already been sold within 48 hours of being listed. That was over two years ago. As of writing, there are still four units that are available in the market and Unit 602 is one of these.
All the units inside the building maintained the original materials such as the timber beams for the structure, the ceiling which is also made of timber, the sash windows which the building is known for as well as the raw brickwork.
The modern part of the unit can be seen in the bathrooms, the laundry area and the kitchen. Despite the modern day age theme of these rooms, it was designed in a way to fit in with the space. The galley kitchen has a stone benchtop along with a splashback and next to it is the laundry with benchtop and joinery that are both lacquered. The good thing is that the room can also serve as the pantry for the butler.
With the beauty of the inside, a rope access company in Sydney was hired to clean the windows and paint the exterior in order to restore it to its former glory.