Architect: Mordechai Benshemesh
South | S02
Edgewater Towers is the only high-rise apartment building south of Luna Park on the St Kilda foreshore. When the building was completed in 1961, it was advertised as ‘Manhattan Living Comes to Melbourne’ and it promised sophisticated, luxurious living. Designed by émigré architect Mordechai Benshemesh, the building’s international style and multi-storey slab construction were new to Melbourne. “Thirteen storeys high, with great views across the bay, Edgewater Towers was a confident expression of progress and, after a period of neglect, has re-emerged as an iconic expression of post-war Melbourne modernism,” writes Harriet Edquist, in Australian Architecture (2010). Edgewater Towers still retains many original mid-century features, especially in the lobby, while Opat Architects has designed a fabulous new communal rooftop terrace.
Need to Know
Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm
What's Open: The lobby and the new communal rooftop terrace.
Special Note: The lobby is fully DDA accessible. The rooftop terrace does not have DDA access currently.
Tour Type: S02
Tour Details: Tours at every 30 minutes, running for 25minutes, in groups of10
Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility
Building Type: Residential
Special Programming: A guided tour by residents including the history of Edgewater Towers, stories of the architect and past notable (some notorious) residents. Flat interiors imagery and panoramic views of St Kilda, the bay and city from the fabulous new rooftop terrace designed by Opat Architects.
Year Built: 1961
Transport: Stop 140: Barkly St/Acland St on route 96.
Photo Credit: Pietro Giordano
12 Marine Pd, St Kilda 3182, VIC