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Reviving history Operated as a convict gaol in the mid-1800s, Sydney’s Cockatoo Island became a major shipbuilding and dockyard facility. The Mould Loft, aka Building 6, is a warehouse-style, early-twentieth-century building that shares this maritime heritage.
Historic renewal Working with the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, AJ+C re-developed the loft into a popular events space. The re-design protects and highlights key aspects such as the loft’s floor, which offers physical record of ships built on the island. Visible scars on the building’s fabric have been preserved to reflect the rich history that shaped the site. Along with striking exposed trusses, weathered floorboards retain the building’s industrial character.
Modern remediation Expansive studio windows optimise views of the surrounding harbour. Electrical and hydraulic services were renewed, and ventilation, accessibility and fire safety issues improved to bring Mould Loft into the modern era.
- ClientSydney Harbour Federation Trust
- CostA$1.6 million
- Heritage ListingNational Heritage List (Cockatoo Island); Commonwealth Heritage List (Cockatoo Island)
- Original ConstructionEarly 20th century
- Original UseMould loft for ship building
- New Building UseArtists' studios, workshops, exhibition spaces