Goodhope: A Ribbon of Handmade Bricks Unifies Unique Offices

In the heart of Paddington, Australia, THOSE Architects have transformed a former mechanical garage and a 1960s commercial building into a cohesive, modern office space known as Goodhope. Designed in 2023, this 700-square-metre project seamlessly blends old and new, showcasing a material palette of off-form concrete, Victorian ash timber, and a striking, handmade brick facade. With a focus on sustainability and an elevated domestic sensibility, Goodhope offers a unique workspace that challenges traditional office design.

Historic building with arched windows and decorative exterior, flanked by lush trees.
A modern, minimalist dining room with brick walls, wood furniture, and a glimpse of the outdoors.
Warm-hued wooden furniture, brick wall, and vibrant abstract artwork create a modern, inviting space.
Brickwork walls, wood paneling, and glass windows create a modern, airy workspace.
Spacious modern terrace with outdoor dining area, sleek glass walls, and brick facade.
Modern brick exterior with glass entryway and tiered concrete steps leading to the door.
Striking brick exterior with expansive glazed openings and lush landscaping details.
A modern courtyard design with sleek brick walls, paved walkways, and lush greenery.
A modern outdoor patio with vibrant yellow chairs, a glass-topped table, and a brick wall backdrop featuring palm leaves.
A modern building with a warm-toned exterior, minimal details, and metal railings framing the entrance.

About Goodhope

Nestled in the heart of Paddington, Australia, the Goodhope project by THOSE Architects is a captivating blend of old and new. Encompassing a former 1940s mechanical garage and a 1960s commercial building, this 700-square-meter (7,535-square-foot) office space showcases a remarkable restoration and modernization.

Preserving the Past, Embracing the Future

The design team’s vision was to seamlessly integrate the existing structures, allowing the old and new to coexist harmoniously. By “sleeving in” the new offices within the restored garage, the project creates a unique “building within a building” experience, highlighting the contrast between the past and the present.

Innovative Lighting Solutions

To address the challenge of natural light, the designers employed a thoughtful approach. Skylights were incorporated into the restored ceiling, while the new offices feature glass ceilings and timber-framed glass walls, ensuring a bright and airy ambiance.

Curated Material Palette

The material selection reflects a deliberate and cohesive aesthetic. Off-form concrete, Victorian ash timber, and a custom-made white brick skin (Ghost by Krause) from Melbourne weave throughout the space, creating a unified and elevated atmosphere.

Sustainable Design Strategies

Beneath the surface, the Goodhope project boasts impressive sustainability measures. A large solar PV array on the north-facing roof of the old building generates power for the entire facility, while rainwater storage tanks beneath the courtyard capture and recycle water from both buildings.

Blurring Boundaries and Inspiring Creativity

As with many of THOSE Architects’ projects, the Goodhope office space exhibits an elevated domestic sensibility, bridging the gap between residential and commercial design. By approaching the project from a “looser perspective,” the designers have created a unique and inspiring workspace that seamlessly blends the old and the new.

Photography by Luc Remond
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- by Matt Watts