The St Kilda Icon 60% SoldUrban Developer, Mark Baljak - Published July 2014
Derided by locals and poised to be sold as a development site, 6 St Kilda Road has proven to be an unmitigated success – as the sales testify, with over 60% of the project sold in advance of the public launch. A product of Pace Development Group and conceived by Jackson Clement Burrows Architects, the tower was criticised through mainstream media and local opposition group websites during the approval process. Yet as its public launch neared, multiple high quality renders have been released showing a well articulated, interesting and unique residential tower in a prime position.
Now branded The Icon, St Kilda and having had amended plans approved by VCAT during May, the still 18 level tower now has 11 additional residences while the ground floor office space has been replaced by a 160 seat restaurant, bringing further activation and interest to the building at ground level. Perforated folding metal screens will shroud the glass facade, with no less than 40 different colours to adorn the building, in complete contrast to the current building onsite sporting a white facade which also acts as the display suite.
119 apartments are incorporated, with one, two and three bedrooms available. Top end apartment layouts include three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two carpark spaces. Interiors are architecturally designed and of exceptionally high quality, with Miele appliances, timber floorboards and magnificent upgrade options. Balconies are large, and the striking façade allows external areas to be transformed to increase internal living spaces." With a choice of internal colour schemes and balconies that can be converted to useable internal spaces, the flexibility of The Icon will be a major selling point for potential buyers.
Given its position perched atop St Kilda Junction, the majority of apartments through the 56 metre high complex will hold excellent views in all directions, including Bay/Peninsula, Dandenongs, City and Albert Park aspects. The Icon's facilities include a Teppanyaki Barbeque Deck, common Dining Room, 2 kitchen areas, communal lounge area with suspended fireplace and gym facilities. Along with the redesigned ground level comes a cafe space for residents and visitors alike. Facilities aside, the exemplary design, quality finishes and cracking location suggest The Icon St Kilda will be an instant sales success when released for public sale, which happens to be today.