Perfection – Circa 1929
Auction 19 Apr 2018 – 6.00pm (on site)
MELBOURNE, 603/29 Market Street
Decadent & elegant, from the majestic Beaux Arts facade, foyer and halls and right throughout the apartment itself. A stunning example of carefully considered design.
– Exceptional bespoke Venetian parquetry floor
– The floor design features three Australian timbers for 3D effect
– Sophisticated kitchen with exceptional appointment
– Kitchen is sleek and discrete allowing other elements to shine
– All European appliances including integrated Liebherr fridge and freezer
– Specially designed tap wear and matt look splash back
– Custom soundproof window featured in the bedroom
– Huge heritage windows enjoy breathtaking Yarra views
– Lofty ceilings emphasise a feeling of space
– Apartment features an abundance of storage throughout
– Bathroom & euro style laundry also exceptionally renovated
– A significant historic building & location to delight any history buff
Prominently located on the corner of Market Street and Flinders Lane just steps from world class dining, entertaining and shopping, as well as museums, galleries, theatres, concert halls and parklands with several public transport options close at hand.
Inspection will delight as its one of a kind in Melbourne’s CBD.
0417 318 705
Landmark Beaux Arts Triumph
The Former Port of Melbourne Authority Building is a nine storey structure erected by Hansen and Yuncken in 1929-1931 to a design by Sydney Smith, Ogg and Serpell. The base and entrance surrounds are of polished
Harcourt Granite, while the rest of the building was constructed of Stawell Stone on a steel frame.
Arched windows extend through the first and second floors and are topped with a fanlight treatment and decorated with diagonal steel mullions and a bronze spandrel panel at first floor level. The second floor functions as a plinth for the next four ionic-ordered storeys. There are four columns, passing through the four floors, to each of the Market Street and Flinders Lane facades.
The eighth floor facade is represented as a frieze with alternating windows and decorative panels representing metopes and triglyphs. The refined detailing of the exterior is replicated in the interior, which features Doric columns and extensive use of marble. The building was occupied by the Port Authority until 1982, when the former State Electricity Commission took over. Refurbished, subdivided and converted to apartments and ground level retail with the inclusion of the two top storeys in 2000.
The architectural worth was recognised soon after completion, when it won the 1933 Royal Victorian Institute of Architects’ Street Architecture Medal.
Beaux Arts – Art Deco
In architecture, Art Deco was the successor to and reaction against Art Nouveau, a style which flourished in Europe between 1895 and 1900, and also gradually replaced the Beaux-Arts and neoclassical that were predominant in European and American architecture.
The Beaux-Arts style was relatively uncommon in Australia, tending to be reserved for large, monumental commissions often of government buildings.
The Port Authority Building is classified by:
National Trust (B4119)
Victorian Heritage Register (H0965)
Port Authority Building is protected by state law
This site was occupied for about fifty years, until 1913, by the head office of the Melbourne Savings Bank. It was purchased by the Melbourne Harbour Trust in 1913 and the former bank building was used by the Trust until converted to its current use.
Australian materials and craftsmen were used wherever possible in the construction of the building. It was one of 17 buildings erected between 1922 and 1933 that reached the 132 foot Melbourne City Council height limit.
The sophisticated, immaculately presented one-bedroom apartment with soaring ceiling heights and large double-glazed windows has customised features including:
- Smeg induction cooktop, selected for its minimalist embellishment to seamlessly blend with the stone benchtop
- One of a kind tap ware
- Italian stone sink
- Unique matt look splashback
- Integrated Miele dishwasher
- Integrated Liebherr fridge & freezer
- Exceptional bespoke Venetian parquetry floor, featuring 3 Australian timbers
0417 318 705