The Hat Factory | Newtown, Australia | 2021
[Welsh + Major]

The Hat Factory, built on Gadigal Land, has survived fire, police invasion, and countless parties…..It’s been a hat factory, a printers, a squat and a ‘social-centre’. Now it enters a new phase of its life.

The Hat Factory unpicks the romantic ideal of living in a warehouse – the 2 dwellings are permeable rather than hermetic – they are more like a pair of glass houses held within a masonry slipper than loft style apartment building. As vessels for knowledge they retain memories of the past, at the same time offering a way to deliver compact, flexible urban living into the future.  Text description by the architects | Visit to read more about the project.

Photography by: Anthony Basheer