~ Fearon Hay// Fabric Warehouse

Seeing the images today of Fearon Hay's project the Fabric Warehouse, with the clarity of a well crafted space, not over handled and a simplicity of design solution. I'm feeling inspired.

A space like this usually requires a great team & a great builder onside, it looks as though there has been a clear vision for the space and an amazing level of detail and consideration put into the implementation of that vision. Images to be enjoyed, love the glazing details.


In the words of the designer:

A fabric importer has relocated to a 1960’s warehouse in Auckland’s city fringe.

The brief called for a delineation of office, meeting & communal dining spaces, all with visual connection to the receiving, racking and distribution of fabric.


The brief is met with an insertion of white painted blade walls, steel plate, and rosewood-edged glass into the volume defined by existing black steel portals. The approach aims to maintain the functionality and industrial quality of the warehouse while introducing a refined, light-filled workspace.


A tensioned steel lintel is suspended over a line of operable glass panels, providing a transparent division of space that considers the rhythm & transition between office and warehouse environments.

The large, functional volume of the space is contrasted with detailing of fine rosewood beading, brass fixtures and bespoke steel and timber benches. The importer’s resonant mix of loose textile rolls, furniture and contemporary New Zealand art inhabit the resulting space with an overlap of creativity and industry.


Images courtesy of Fearon Hay

Photography Jackie Meiring