The site known as the Richmond Malting complex has completed its industrial life cycle and has now been underused for some time. The transformation of the complex into a vibrant Art district will see the site reactivated and reused as artist studios, galleries, art house theatres, arts and crafts markets as well as artists-in-residence. This lively creative hub will redefine the icon of Cremorne and become a destination point for locals as well as visitors, all the while preserving the distinctive industrial atmosphere of the heritage site. The industrial complex is an important site for reconnection to the river with a proposed ferry terminal on the Yarra running parallel to the South of the site and creating new pedestrian access paths through to the river.
- Hosna Saleem
PROPOSAL FOR SILO REDEVELOPMENT 1992
In 1992, the Cremorne silos with the iconic Nylex sign above were under threat to be demolished. The sign was under heritage protection, however the silos which were built in the 1950s and 1960s had no protection. Developers were proposing a 10 storey office complex, which had been designed by prominent Melbourne architects, Fender Katsalidis, who are now known for their design of the Eureka Tower.
(Royce Millar, 2002, The Age)
THE NYLEX ARTS PRECINCT
NYLEX ARTS PRECINCT
The transformation of the complex into a vibrant Art district will see the industrial site reactivated and reused as artist studios, galleries, ateliers and craft markets, art-house theatres as well as housing and education programs. This lively, creative hub will redefine the icon of Cremorne and become a destination point for locals as well as visitors whilst preserving the distinctive heritage of the site.
- Sophie Weber & Lyndal Cleary