Morris Moor

Morris Moor

Morris Moor captures the history of the former Phillip Morris factory site. Adaptively reusing the heritage architecture whilst sensitively adding modern architectural insertions, the new precinct celebrates the old with the new, creating a vibrant commercial and hospitality campus.

We are proud to acknowledge the Bunurong Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the Country in which Morris Moor is located. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.



Location: Moorabbin, VIC
Status: Completed
Year: 2021
Size: 6.27 ha
Photography: Peter Clarke

Project Team

Up Property: Developer
Tract Consulting: Town Planning
Caroline Lieu: Design Contributor for Interiors, Common Areas, & Landscape
Realm: Design Contributor Landscape Concept
BMF Construction: Builder
Connect Plus: Project Manager

Consultants for the initial stage of the development

Adams: Structure & Civil
Made For;  Profile Interiors; Studio Y;  Tenancy Interiors Fit out
Traffix: Traffic Consultant
ADP: Services


2022 Good Design Australia Awards: Award for Architectural Design – Place Design
2022 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects: Winner in Victoria, Landscape Architecture – Urban Design

Genton Commercial Morris Moor Hero Image
Genton Commercial Morris Moor Birds Eye View
Genton Commercial Morris Moor Courtyard
Genton Commercial Morris Moor Courtyard
Genton Commercial Morris Moor Courtyard
Genton Public Morris Moor Courtyard
Genton Public Morris Moor Courtyard
Genton Public Morris Moor Brewery
Genton Public Morris Moor Interiors
Genton Public Morris Moor Interiors
Genton Public Morris Moor Interiors
Genton Public Morris Moor Interiors
Genton Public Morris Moor Exterior
Genton Public Morris Moor Exterior



Developer Up Property’s Morris Moor project, designed by Genton, transforms the former Phillip Morris cigarette factory into a vibrant commercial and hospitality precinct that draws the community in and celebrates local heritage.

Situated on a prominent corner intersected by two main roads, the modernist and brutalist buildings have acted as a landmark for the Moorabbin community since the 1950s, distinctive among the uniformity of the surrounding prefabricated warehouses.

The collective vision for the project was to draw inspiration from the existing industrial heritage. The masterplan sought to retain as much of the character and original structures as possible. This strategy necessitated a collaborative approach from the entire design team – from the macro to the fit-out scale – including Tract, ADP, Caroline Lieu, Made For, and Studio Y. As masterplan and base-build Architect, Genton’s role often involved curating the different design elements rather than controlling the design of every aspect.
The masterplan and urban design strategy honours the historic brutalist and modernist warehouse buildings, focusing design interventions upon stripping back additions to celebrate the original designs and redesigning interstitial spaces to increase the site’s permeability.
Welcoming locals for work, leisure and play, Up Property’s Morris Moor stitches together the well-defined linear boundary between industrial and residential with a hybrid-use offering that was unprecedented in the neighbourhood. The design responds to the evolving demographics of the area, in conjunction with changes to how people choose to live and work.

A series of green pedestrian corridors connect Up Property’s Morris Moor to the surrounding context, leading locals to a bustling hospitality precinct, around which office spaces, childcare, and artisan and e-commerce studios are centred. Through the formation of this core, and concealing car parking within an existing warehouse, Genton created a highly active pedestrian zone within a low-density neighbourhood, strengthening the social fabric of the local community.

Considered contemporary incisions and insertions were made to repurpose the buildings for their new uses, with Genton employing black steel, polished and restored concrete, and recycled brick throughout to cohesively unite warehouse buildings of differing Architectural eras in a consistent design language.
Nurturing a sense of ownership among locals, interstitial spaces were a key focus. Lush native plantings are abundant throughout the six-hectare site, nourished by rainwater re-use. Softening the industrial structures, the landscaping and plantings complement the vast scale of the built form and red brick façades.

Up Property’s Morris Moor transformative impact can be seen in the swift establishment of occupancy, with the adjacent site now being developed into a similar offering.

We are proud to acknowledge that Genton's studios are on the lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation and the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung People of the Kulin Nation.