St Aubins on Punt Road, South Yarra is a typical Melbourne block of flats.
Three storeys because that was the maximum allowed without the requirement to install a lift and brick is used for the structure and for the design elements because Melbourne had a lot of brickworks.
Perhaps the slightly unusual aspect is the glass in the tower housing the stairwell. Often this would be glass bicks but here there is a lovely etched glass pattern perhaps more commonly found in private houses.
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.