Poised between the leafy boulevard of St Kilda Road and the lush, green expanse of Fawkner Park, the latest apartment tower design from Luigi Rosselli Architects seeks to introduce some sensual Sydney style to the City of Melbourne.
Developed as part of the transformation of St Kilda Road into a high end residential apartment quarter, it seeks to replace a faceless low rise office building with an urban high rise that makes the most of its park side location.
The stepped form was developed to maintain a view corridor from the Shrine of Remembrance, setting out the podium form with a narrower tower on top that remains unseen from behind the Shrine when viewing from the State Library of Victoria on Swanston Street.
The saw tooth plan form of the 131 apartments are set out on the deep block in such a way that solar access and views are maximised along the length. Taking lessons from the nearby iconic Stanhill and Newburn Flats by Romberg and Shaw, the apartments are angled to allow both privacy, as well as uninterrupted views of Fawkner Park to the east and Albert Park to the west from the majority of rooms. These early projects illustrate the emergence of European Modernism in Melbourne in the 1940’s, and a rich seam of inspiration for Luigi Rosselli Architects. Swiss trained, Romberg worked closely with Victorian heavyweights Roy Gounds and Robyn Boyd.
In elevation the tower takes on a sensual and stratified appearance through the use of a series of horizontal precast concrete shelves that shelter the apartments from the midday sun, whilst minimising the interruption of views. Their curved edges undulate as they wrap the building form. Alternating gold tinged blades lend the building an uncommon warmth next to its cold glass neighbours.
The importance of the landscape is carried over to the tower’s fabric. A large roof terrace on the podium serves the buildings residents and carries the park landscape over the building. Green walls on balconies transition from the interiors out and provide verdant frame for the view.
St Kilda high rise supplements its occupants access to a vast parkland for outdoor recreation with indoor pursuits including a lap pool and spa, sauna, gym, wine cellar, theatre, meeting and function rooms to make sure all needs are catered for.
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Council: City of Melbourne
Design Architect: Luigi Rosselli
Project Architects: Sean Johnson, Maya Ferriere
Renders: Maya Ferriere