Wednesday, 23 May 2012

An empty shell

As I l meandered from Leichhardt to Newtown the other day, along Norton Street, Parramatta Road, and then Australia Street, I was overwhelmed with the amount of building work I passed. I though we were in a recession, being pummled by the 'patchwork economy'. There were numerous shabby, vacant shop fronts, but they were matched by factory conversions into living units and trendy workplaces.

Here is one such. Along the lower end of Australia Street stand these old warehouses. Only the facade of the original remains, the guts to be renovated to within an inch of its life, no doubt. I have seen so many of these go pear-shaped, be insensitive to the original, be PC-heritage.

I will come back and look at these apartments in the Spring, and see if they get MY tick of approval.

8 comments:

Ann said...

Really like the framing of the 2nd shot. Might come up well in b&w. I sit and watch the cranes inexorably move the building across the road every higher.

NixBlog said...

It will be interesting to read what you think of the completed project, Julie.

Joe said...

I do hope there is some colour and curved lines when the are completed.

Emma Dalloway said...

Hi Julie - It makes you wonder if they REALLY had to demolish all but the facade.

Thanks for dropping by the flickr site the other day.

Emma

Joan Elizabeth said...

I like industrial conversions ... attended a conference at Australian Technology Park yesterday ... didn't have time to go snoop around the blacksmiths shop etc which you photographed so well a while ago.

Jim said...

I'd like to see the finished product.

Kay L. Davies said...

If you approve them, Julie, so will I.
K

sixmats said...

Too bad they didn't keep the original buildings. That could have looked really nice.