Details

Keywords Change this

Modernism, Apartments, Australian Modernism, Apartment Building

Project timeline

1959 – 1962

Type

Residential

Location Change this

193 Domain Road
3141 Melbourne
Australia

Current state

Original

Also known as Change this

Domain Park Apartments, Domain Park Towers

Architect Change this

Team

Frederick Romberg, Roy Grounds as part of the architecture practice Grounds, Romberg, Boyd which no longer exists.

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Article last edited by Bostjan on
August 17th, 2015

Domain Park Flats Change this

Melbourne, Australia
by Robin Boyd Change this

The apartments as they are today

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Description Change this

Domain Park Flats is a 20-storey apartment building located in Melbourne, Australia overlooking the Royal Botanic Gardens. The now iconic residential tower was designed in 1959 and built between 1960-1962 by the practice Grounds, Romberg, Boyd with Robin Boyd being the architect in charge. The practice is no longer in operation.

The apartments are a renowned example of modernist architecture in Australia, with Boyd taking influence from Walter Gropius’s 1957 International Bauausstellung in Berlin. The building uses materials as they were intended with little-to-no ornament. Each apartment has a North-facing balcony, with a mixture of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units on each floor. The floorplate is separated into 2 sections with internal access via 2 lifts. Boyd positioned the apartments on an east/west axis simultaneously taking advantage of the views to the Botanic Gardens on the north and views to Port Philip Bay on the south.

The apartment was the first of its kind in Melbourne and was the tallest residential tower for over a decade after opening. The initial reception to the building was mixed with initial sales being quite slow, locals were opposed to the towers obstruction over the Botanic Gardens. However the apartments started to gain interest and later developed waiting lists.

Interior

Each apartment was designed with custom made walnut joinery, a feature that some apartments still have today.

Recognition and Modern context

In 2015, 53 years after completion, the apartments have been recognised by winning the Victorian Chapter Enduring Architecture Awards.
Interest and appeal in the apartments continues today with flat 4.3 selling for $1.2 million (AUD) in 2014.

Sources

  • Wikipedia
  • Wikipedia

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