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Melbourne Terrace Apartments

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Melbourne Terrace Apartments

Corner Franklin and Queen Streets

1994 Katsalidis Architects


The Melbourne Terrace Apartments are the city’s answer to the Roman palazzine of the 1950s, the speculative apartments which explored exuberant decorative and formal potentials available to an urban façade. Nonda Katsalidis has here enriched his facades with copper oxide-etched balcony slabs, weathered metal, mannered window surrounds, glass blocks, serrated edges to brutish off-form concrete and a skyline that verges on a description such as post-apocalyptic Baroque. At the entry to each lift and stair lobby, copper doors and figurative sculptures by Peter Corlett announce the four buildings: Equus, Mondo, Roma and Fortuna. With this exciting urban hulk, Katsalidis offers the vibrancy of mixed use and a taste of decorative excess.


Below, nine shots of my own.

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Peter Maltezos's picture

My wife and I are lucky enough to to be an owner occupiers in Melbourne Terrace and below are photographs I shot of our renovated apartment from about six years ago.


I collect, therefore I am.

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Glennwilson's picture

Very nice Peter, you've done well!

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.


Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.