St Leonards Apartments: 12-13 St Leonads Avenue, ST KILDA
Building ProfileName : St Leonards Apartments
LocationAddress: 12-13 St Leonads Avenue
City: ST KILDA
Construction DetailsBuilt: 1996
Original use: Residential (Apartments)
Current use: Residential (Apartments)
number of floors : 6
Built in the Nineties period in the Post-Modern style
The design of the two apartment buildings concentrated on providing maximum amenity to all units. Most apartments have views on at least two sides of the building and the buildings are strongly segmented so that grouped apartment entries eliminate long, dingy corridors to apartments. These apartments have larger than average rooms, high floor to ceiling heights with an abundance of natural light and ventilation and private and useable terraces. Many of the "Katsalidis" elements are used for creating depth in the facade by layering the surfaces and through breaking the building down into elements manageable to the eye. The apartment entry canopies greet you as you approach from the street, each stairwell breaking down what is a very long facade. The solid base of the building is a naturally ventilated underground carpark clad with "black blue" manganese bricks, with the more "cheerful and funky" materials, colours, finishes and detail steelwork used appropriately on the apartments over. The zinc and galvanised steel wave form roof hovering cloud-like above the third level terraces reduce the visual mass. The approach to finishes and design are that of timelessness and geared to the next century, not popular design, not mocking anything.
HistoryArchitect: Nonda Katsalidis
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