Pentridge Jail

Project: Pentridge Jail

Location: Coburg, Victoria

Background: One of Victoria’s most infamous buildings, Pentridge Jail, recently repurposed old prison cells into wine cellars. Claytons Group’s clever design of the fitout has provided a variety of storage options to hold private wine collections.


Challenge: Claytons Group was required to produce a freestanding fitout that not only protects the existing bluestone structure, but also optimised the limited 2.8 x 1.9m space.


Results: Lead designer, Mary Maksemos, hand-picked the Laminex Impressions textured surfaces range to achieve three distinctive looks, which were influenced by three infamous inmates Ned Kelly, Ronald Ryan and Squizzy Taylor.


The ‘Ned’ cell incorporates Laminex Impressions in Seasoned Oak (Riven Finish) and Laminex Baye (Natural Finish) to achieve the look and feel of raw bleached timber.

The ‘Ronald Ryan’ cell embodies the 50s/60s trend of tall wine cabinets and boasts the look of a floor-to-ceiling, old English bookcase. To achieve this look, Laminex Impressions in Avignon Walnut (Riven Finish) and Laminex Pumice (Natural Finish) were used.

The 'Squizzy' cell consists of contrasting light and dark hues, which was achieved by using Laminex Impressions in Domain (Riven Finish) and Laminex Alabaster (Natural Finish).


For sales information on the wine cellars please contact Rick Bean from Marbut at

Images by Darryl Whitaker, DJWTV