Milk Factory

Milk Factory Gallery & Arts Centre, Bowral

WINNER OF 2009 WINGECARRIBEE HERITAGE AWARD

Building History
The building structures on the site date from 1921 when the Fresh food and Ice Company opened the first Milk and Butter Factory.

It has had a changing history of mixed commercial and retail usage.

Design Concept and Constraints
The current project has involved the reinvigoration of the existing building giving it a new identity in the Bowral townscape whilst retaining its original form and spirit.

The real heart of the project is the reconstruction of its interior with minimal impact to the existing building fabric. A new frontage has been presented to Station Street reflecting the change to a more contemporary retail environment.

The concept involved creating a series of interlocking spaces that enhance the multi purpose requirements of the completed building. There are continual visual glimpses and invitations to other spaces and activities within the building.

These spaces include:
* The expansion of the Milk Factory Gallery to an exhibition space and Art Centre.
* Coffee Shop and associated Kitchen.
* Mezzanine
* Refurbished Retail Space.
* Upgraded amenities including Disabled toilet facilities and office / storage areas

It has successfully integrated the original building structure with contemporary design concepts and detailing finding a satisfying ‘middle ground’ between the two.

The completed project is a unique concept not only for the Wingecarribee Shire region but also within regional NSW and will set a standard for similar cultural centres