Opera is a landmark building, designed to return beauty and art to architecture. Its delicate glass façade stretches over a form that curves and arcs elegantly skywards, paying homage to the grandeur of the boulevard’s aristocratic address.
Inside the 19-storey sculptural tower, there are generously sized and light-filled open-plan spaces with herringbone parquetry floors and marble kitchen benches setting the tone. While exclusive amenities include a pool, spa, gymnasium, restaurant and barbecue area.
Distinctly sculptural, inspiration for the tower came from the history of the location and the grand mansions that once lined St Kilda Road. One of the few surviving examples, Airlie Mansion, is located directly adjacent to the site, and is notable for being the home of Prime Minister Stanley Bruce, who led the country in the 1920s.
Working closely with art consultant, ADA Consulting, we commissioned an urban art installation by artist Matthew Harding, which was exhibited posthumously when the building was complete. The sculpture received a City of Port Phillip Design Award for Integrated and Public Art.