apartment building¹s committee decided to add a new gate and revamped
foyer to match the brilliant new exterior paint job.
Over the years, there have been several changes since Moonbria was first
dreamed up by Mr Grounds in 1941. The front windows, for instance, were
most likely added in the 1960s to combat the wind and rain that wafted through the
building¹s shared landings. Roy Grounds didn¹t include these windows in
his original blueprint, so it was decided that the new gate would reflect
this evolution of the original design.
And it did.
Justin Noble, fashioned a well-considered drawing that brought together all the design
elements we can see in the building¹s aesthetic today.
This initial design was referenced and brought to life by Nick Nifakos
from Alpha Wrought Iron in Gertrude Street in Fitzroy, a company whose
previous commissions included the magnificent central parade gates at
The gate¹s electric-blue paintwork was chosen to replicate the full-height
mosaic columns that pierce the centre of the building, flanking Roy
Grounds¹ masterstroke, his Guggenheim-inspired circular staircase.
The rest, as they say, is history, and the gate has become yet another
welcoming feature for residents lucky enough to call Moonbria home.