I've often driven past Avenue Court in Albert Park and been taken by the façade. At first glance it looks like the balconies on either side of the central open stairway but it is much more subtle than that.
The curved parapret sits above the top right balcony and the central stairway providing shade for both. The balcony itself sits slightly higher than the landing of the stairway and I think it is this which fools the eye into thinking the balconies are offset. In fact they at the same level but the ones on the left of the building do not have the depth of those on the right so the are asymetrical in that sense.
The pattern in the metalwork on the railings on each landing is also used in the small front gate.
MELBOURNE ART DECO
In 2009 Robin Grow published a book on Melbourne Art Deco, with images largely supplied by David Thompson. The book quickly sold out and he is pleased to say that it has now been re-published by Brolga Press, with updates, errors corrected and a new cover.
Best of all, it is selling for about $25 in the shops and on-line. Art Deco & Modernism Society members can purchase a copy from me for $22, (includes postage within Australia). For overseas orders please email for postage rates. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested, and advise if you would like the book to be dedicated and/or signed.