This small space was a big move for Gertrude. An Australian art industry institution, Gertrude presided in Fitzroy for thirty years and this expansion was the first step in a new direction and it shows that they can nurture and celebrate the country’s artistic talent from any address.
Supported by Michael Schwarz and David Clouston, long-time Gertrude patrons, the gallery inhabits a former glassworks factory. The 100sqm space was gutted to create a spare, clean rectangular container – an ideal flexible-use exhibition gallery.
The entrance is a super-cool transition zone between cobbled laneway and deeply set, floor to ceiling steel and glass door. The door’s grid pattern continues in the Rimex wall cladding and streaking, glowing LED ceiling lights. This cubic alcove is shifts space and time – did we just land in Daft Punk’s lounge room?
Well done to SIBLING for receiving a commendation at the 2016 Victorian Architecture awards. We were honoured to work on this project, integral as it is to Melbourne’s cultural fabric.