The first stage of Molonglo’s Dairy Road—a 14-hectare industrial site located 8km from the centre of Canberra with highly interwoven uses, including artist studios, retail, light industrial, commercial, creative and cultural spaces.

Project Name: Dairy Road Building 3.4
Studio Name:
Craig Tan Architects
Completion date: 2017
Location: Canberra, Australia
Photography: Anthony Basheer

Dairy Road Building 3.4 by Craig Tan Architects - Sheet1
Atrium ©Anthony Basheer

This first phase of re-development retains the industrial form with architectural insertions made within the existing sheds. Small villages are being created within these sheds. ‘Laneways’ extend inwards from the exterior of the building meeting in a central ‘courtyard’.

Dairy Road Building 3.4 by Craig Tan Architects - Sheet2
Corridor ©Anthony Basheer

Off the ‘laneways’ are a series of doors and opening windows with a view into individual workshop spaces. The workshops are framed with light, saw-tooth and pitched roof structures, evoking an urban scale.

Dairy Road Building 3.4 by Craig Tan Architects - Sheet3
Interior ©Anthony Basheer

Dairy Road is becoming a dense urban village—a place to make, see and do. Through a combination of architectural interventions and experimental tenanting, visitation has increased from 200 people per week to more than 10,000 people per week in just over six months.


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