1970s warehouse office conversion looking at front door with the hallway somewhat visible retrofit by DiMase Architects.

This 1970’s warehouse converted into modern publishing house for Scribe Publications

Scribe Publishing

Light-filled interior pitched ceiling corridor

Pitched ceiling opens up the connection spaces within the office

Scribe Publications signage shadow brick wall

Shadow of signage on brick wall of Scribe Publications warehouse conversion by DiMase Architects.

This commercial contract to convert a 1970s open-span warehouse into a modern and professional office space for Scribe Publications became a signature project for our firm, particularly for its creative re-use and daylight design. We left the existing seventies industrial exterior largely unchanged, but for a lick of new paint that subtly introduced the new occupant and bright red circular bicycle racks that suggested a new purpose for the building.

The real work took place on the inside. To a large extent it was a case of constructing a new building within the building, creating a modern office environment in what had previously been the domain of forklifts and pallet trucks. The project involved the creation of editorial and meeting rooms, multiple office workspaces and an archive area, along with dining, kitchen and toilet facilities.

Our design used warm timbers, patterned carpet tiles and sculptural ceilings to create a contemporary, welcoming feel.

The building had almost no existing natural light and was essentially ‘landlocked’ by the buildings on either side. We were able to introduce large amounts of daylight with the use of overhead skylights and large front windows.

Aside from introducing light, the clear skylights provide a direct connection to the outside, the mood of the editorial rooms shifting with the clouds.

The overall effect is one of calm, private open spaces that are nonetheless at one with the outside world.

The shell of the building was thermally sealed using modern materials. Obsolete air conditioning ducts were re-purposed and existing materials where incorporated wherever possible. Working with such an old building, it was important to integrate the newer technologies required for thermal control and energy and waste conservation.

We were pleased to be able to create a new and exciting space for Scribe Publications while exploring the potential of daylight design and working with recycled spaces and materials.

Scribe Publications Retrofit Reuse Office Project in Brunswick by Di Mase Architects

The front reception area, bringing in light form the large front windows. Scribe Publishing

Timber, light and colour creates an inviting working environment. Retrofit by DiMase Architects.

Timber, light and colour creates an inviting working environment.

Project Leader
Angelique Brett – DiMase Architects
JC Rowlings
Maurice Farrugia & Associates.  
Building Surveyor
REDDO – Glenn Driscoll 
Trevor Mein
Scribe Publications Retrofit Reuse Office Project in Brunswick by Di Mase Architects

Skylights were carefully inserted between the rafters to provide daylight to the editors offices

Timber features light-filled reception desk

Timber features accent the light-filled office reception area at Scribe Publications

Timber window details flood light into office

Expansive timber windows flood the interior space with light in the Scribe Publications

View to skylight void in office space

View to skylight void in office space for Scribe

Bright working spces with red detail - scribe Publishing warehouse conversion by DiMase Architects

Bright working spaces with red detail – Scribe Publishing

Project Type
Warehouse Refurbishment
Full Architectural Services
Brunswick / City of Merribek
Building Area
Notable Suppliers
Interface Floor, Rylock Windows, Karen Walker Paint