The ‘Ogee’ building was designed as part of a winning design competition for the Triangle site in St.Kilda in 2007. GAA was invited to design a multipurpose building for a prime section of the site overlooking the St.Kilda foreshore for principal architects ARM. The program incorporated an organic food market and shops on the lower Jacka Boulevard level, food and drink outlets to the upper levels with possible tavern / restaurant, function rooms and nightclub/ bar.
The Ogee is derived from investigations of forms that we felt related to the St.Kilda Foreshore site and locale. Starting with the organic shape of cane lobster pots and the base of a seaweed clusters as they attach to rocks, the building evolved with other references to Ogee shapes itself.
The Ogee is a curved profile shape consisting of two arcs in opposite directions with architectural uses dating back to Roman and Gothic eras. With local proliferations of domed structures nearby (Catani clock, Palais Theatre, Belvedere Apartments) it was proposed to introduce another elegantly domed form for the building. The Ogee is principally a glass and steel shell structure encased in a twisted and tapered pre - burnt timber pergola that supports sun control adjustable battens. The blackened timber exterior will resist the propensity for damage by fire that seems to occur around St.Kilda periodically and will stand alone as an iconic beach foreshore structure.
Project Team: Grant Amon, Stephen Herbst