twotonmax is a sensitively transformed, beautifully detailed industrial warehouse located in North Melbourne. Hidden behind an anonymous street front, it is a blank canvas you can quickly and easily transform. This is a rare opportunity to create a unique event, with your own choice of caterer and limitless options for decorating and furnishing the room.
The venue’s stunning burnished concrete floor, neutral white walls and discrete lighting are easily enhanced with additional fixtures as required. An oversize marble service bar is coupled with a commercial kitchen, sparkling bathrooms, air conditioning and other facilities, all well integrated into the venue. The vintage overhead crane (two ton max capacity) can be called into duty should it be required.
Direct street access allows for easy bump-in, ample rigging points and flexible electrical layout make it an easy venue to quickly and effectively tailor. The venue offers you the opportunity to create a unique event in the style you choose.
200 people seated
Polished concrete floor
Private outdoor garden/smokers’ area
Direct street access via secure gated pedestrian entry
Internal height in excess of 4.5m
Marble service bar 3.6m x 1.0m
Filtered natural light via skylights throughout the space
Vehicle access via roller door
Functioning 2 ton overhead crane
Heating and A/C
Male and female toilets and separate staff facilities
Commercial kitchen, back-of-house area
Separate outdoor area for additional cooking/refuse store/staff egress
Integrated stereo with Ipod cradle, cordless mic, and lapel mic
Permanent video projector
3 phase power up to 32 amps
Pre-wired circuitry for additional lighting as required.
The venue is located on the fringe of a warehouse precinct, with close proximity to Macaulay Station (100metres) and excellent road access via Citylink or other main arteries. It is approximately 3km from the CBD. On-street parking is unrestricted and is particuarly abundant after normal business hours. There are no residences in the vicinity.
Twotonmax has been developed with the environment in mind. Firstly, it is a re-use of an existing (very old) building so it benefits from low encapsulated energy. In some instances the materials normally discarded during the demolition phase have been re-crafted and employed in the finished product. Examples of this include the slatted timber cladding on the entry gate and bulkhead areas, the main timber stairs, and the metal fence and handrail components.
Equally importantly, all consumables used in wet areas and all cleaning products used in the venue are carefully considered to be environmentally sensitive and wherever possible, non toxic.
Just a few years ago twotonmax was a small part of a rambling industrial workshop involved in the manufacture of generator equipment. Although its proportions seem generous for its current use, it was woefully inadequate for the daily movements of bulky items – sometimes as big as shipping containers. Once the heavy engineering business had vacated the building in favour of wide roads and high clearance, the building that remained was able to tell a long story of hard work.
By looking at the array of columns and beams, the patchwork of brick and concrete floors, and the piecemeal arrangement of driveways and overhead cranes, it was possible to track changes over time and understand the chapters of the building’s life.
In the process of resurrecting useful spaces from the industrial chaos that had evolved seemingly without a plan, one area immediately stood apart. Beneath a thick layer of diesel soot, ignoring the distraction of brackets, shelving units, and decades of redundant plumbing conduits and electrical wires, was a relatively unmolested gem. Cleaning, careful removal of clutter, and the addition of modern infrastructure have all occurred without major disruption to the original building. Wherever possible, materials have been recycled and re-deployed to a new use, so they’re still part of the evolutionary story.
The area now occupied by twotonmax was originally built around 1910-1920. During its century of working life it has housed a company that manufactured ship’s boilers, then general welding/boilermaking, then heavy industrial roller shutters, and finally the generator business. During each period the building was modified to suit the work of the day. Large pulleys, beautifully detailed in steel and laminated timber, hang overhead as a reminder of a time when enormous engines drove canvas belts, that in turn gave motive power to equipment in the workshop.
When electricity became available the travelling overhead crane was added to the mix. Its scarred metal and elegantly efficient design were an important influence on the style and tone of the venue. The ever-present spectre of the yellow crane, spanning the entire space and waiting patiently to be called into action, left no doubt the venue should be named in its honour.