Become Part Of St Kilda's StoryThe Age - Domain - Published April 2015
At its heart, St Kilda is, and has always been, a beachside haven of Melbourne. With an abundant history of artists and romance, food and wine, days on the sand and evenings of music; St Kilda is much more than a vibrant community, it's an inner city melting pot of living memories and nights with friends and possibility.
Ode Apartments is the latest addition to St Kilda's burgeoning apartment market by Pace Development Group.
Ode's innovative design embraces the aesthetic of its surrounds and the constantly evolving story of St Kilda itself.
Local artist, Matthew Johnson has transformed the building's heritage façade into a canvas which he says is inspired by the untold secrets of St Kilda's past, and archived letters of hope and love preserved in local libraries.
"We want Ode to speak to the spirit of the foreshore and the multitude of hearts it's captivated over the years" says Johnson. "Our love-letter to ST Kilda is an exciting way to capture the legacy along with the romance and lifestyle that characterises the precinct."
A unique feature of Ode Apartments is the open eye atrium. This features an artistic and carefully positioned mix of organic textures and reflective surfaces to channel natural sunlight into the building as well as the apartments which open onto the internal light well. The fresh green foliage of the hanging gardens, inspire ''a cool valley atmosphere" inside the building. This is enhanced by a pond at the base of the atrium which reflects shifting patterns of sunlight throughout the space.