St Kilda Road
Rothelowman, Hecker Guthrie and Jack Merlo collaborated on the design of this striking apartment tower adjacent to the heritage-listed mansion, Charsfield Hotel, on St Kilda Road. With an address on Melbourne’s premier tree-lined boulevard, the landscape architecture needed to hold its own alongside the stately avenues of Plane Trees and nearby Faulkner Park.
As the tower does not have direct street frontage, a grand sense of arrival was required in the front garden area. This was juxtaposed with a series of more intimate spaces along the north-facing side garden, where a use of natural materials matched those employed by Hecker Guthrie in the private dining rooms, lounge and library spaces inside.
Natural stone, off-form concrete, black steel and timber were used to give these areas a contemporary and layered look and feel, while still matching the sense of establishment of the 19th century mansion.