Everything We Know About The Block's Art Deco Building
If you caught the first episode of The Block season 12, you'll have seen that the teams are working with a pretty incredible building. Built in the 1920s, the building is a former soap factory, and was reportedly bought by Channel Nine for $5 million. Located in the emerging residential area of Port Melbourne, the building (which has become quite derelict since being boarded up) was marketed as a potential office block or hotel, but producers of The Block saw it as the perfect TV challenge and a great way to encourage the renovation of more art deco buildings into spacious residential blocks.
"For us to come in and do a really sympathetic restoration of a beautiful old building and create generous and sophisticated residences, and put them on the market, I think helps set the tone for what this place could be. I hope others see that and follow our lead," The Block executive producer Julian Cress told Domain.
Over the next few weeks we'll see five teams transform the 2,355-square-metres of space into five large apartments. With so many gorgeous original features, the Port Melbourne building looks like a Blockhead's dream come true, but the fact that much of the building is heritage-listed may prove problematic. We can't wait to see more from the teams, and with such an amazing building to work with, we think this will be one of the most successful seasons yet.
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