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Saint Moritz Is Waterfront Luxury

Saint Moritz Is Waterfront Luxury

Saint Moritz is all about redefining global standards of design. Developed by Gurner with a selection of the best interior designers and architects, Saint Moritz is set to change the definition of luxury waterfront living.

Historically, Melbourne’s St Kilda has been likened to a seaside playground for the rich and famous. Its ever-changing identity can well and truly be held up as an icon of Melbourne.

When the opportunity to develop a once-in-a-lifetime site on St Kilda’s waterfront came up, developer Gurner captured the opportunity to create a landmark of luxury living. Introducing Saint Moritz. Taking a nostalgic route, the name is a reference to the ice skating rink that once sat on the site. Saint Moritz brings together an illustrious list of architects, designers and landscape architects. Steering the architecture is iconic Melbourne studio Fender Katsalidis, led by founding partner Karl Fender. He is joined by Koichi Takada Architects who has been appointed to design one of the three towers within the site, bringing a sense of unified differentiation. David Hicks, a highly craft-driven designer, is doing the interiors, and Jack Merlo has designed resort-style landscaping.

The two main buildings, designed by Fender Katsalidis, appear to float with balconies that hug the topography and disappear over curving, poured concrete fins. To capitalise on the views, floor-to-ceiling glass becomes the only barrier between the resident and the ocean just metres away.

The exquisite architecture isn’t the only thing that sets Saint Moritz apart. More than 5000-square metres have been designated for shared amenities. “Where we’re really pushing this project is in the appointment of amenities. We’ve taken inspiration from international hotels and resorts and have brought that level of service into this project,” shares Gurner’s Founder and CEO Tim Gurner.

From libraries, dining facilities and wellness retreats, residents of Saint Moritz are invited to utilise these shared spaces at their whim, and all will be staffed by a handpicked selection of professionals.

A luxury approach is typified by the ability to have complete customisation. In addition to having an unprecented range of inclusions such as a swimming pool, special requests and design features are also accommodated – art galleries, wine cellars, and of course a Zip HydroTap.

This means that each owner can create their own desired aesthetic throughout the apartment with a Zip HydroTap that best suits their own style and needs – be it instant boiling, chilled or sparkling filtered water, or a combination of all three! Better yet, residents have the opportunity to select the HydroTap All-In-One Celsius design, which offers boiling, chilled and sparkling filtered drinking water plus hot and cold – all from the one tap and achieved with the help of an appointed interior designer. What could be more luxurious than the ability to pick and choose exactly what you want in your apartment?

Saint Moritz is the epitome of the finest in multi-residential design – showing Australia what world-class living looks like.

Renders courtesy Gurner.

This article originally appeared in issue #25 of Boilingpoint magazine by Zip Water.


Aleesha Callahan is the editor of Habitus. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Aleesha seeks out the unique people, projects and products that define the Indo Pacific region. Aleesha was previously the editor of Indesignlive.com and has written and contributed to various publications and brands in her 10 years in the architecture and design industry, bringing intimate insight to her stories having first trained and practised as an interior designer. Her passion for mid-century design and architecture began while living and working in Berlin.