Sol Sapir, king of waterfront high rise !

The best #highrise on the #BeaconsfieldParade foreshore – The Plaza, #SolSapir, 1970, #stkildawest. This is one of the relatively few #apartmenttowers of the period with ‘decoration’, in this case spiky projecting edges to the #precastpanels, check out that detail, love it ! Sol Sapir did NINE towers along the foreshore from 1969-79, in fact maybe did most of the towers dotted across Melbourne, at least the ones Toorak/Armadale/SouthYarra, South Melb/Albert Park/StKilda areas (there’s a surprising number in Toorak). He did two others using similar precast, one down the road at 189 Beaconsfield, the others mostly chunky brown brick. I thought he was one of the mostly Jewish post war #emigrearchitects who did stuff locals didn’t do much of – decorative, luxury, high rise flats – but actually he was born here in 1940 to Israeli / Polish parents, but no doubt worked with the new Jewish community as clients and purchasers / renters. This tower isn’t for families, it’s 2 x 2, 2 x 1 bed flats / floor, one for each corner, with the kitchens enjoying the views rather than being stuck inside; curiously two entry buzzer panels and two separate lifts, one serving even numbered floors, the other odd ! (thanks to Lawrie for inviting me to enjoy the view!)

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