We are very happy to be living in one of the apartments designed by Mr Roy Grounds, the apartment is fresh with open plan living if I could say that about a one bedroom apartment.
Our dinner table is situated near the north facing windows looking over a beautiful central garden allowing morning sun into our apartment, in the evening we sit back and look out of our windows where the light and shadows reflect off the white spiral staircase at the back of the building and the large over hanging veranda's which flank the inner central garden which is an important part of the overall design of this building.
When Jian and I come home from our nightly walk, I get a little excited when approaching this magnificent blue and white building, looking at this building from Mathoura road we can see the foyer with its space-aged spiral staircase which at night is all lit up and encased in a multi framed oblong glass wall, made up of framed windows which go to the very top of the Roy Grounds building stopping at a circular turret designed glass circular lift, a round lift do you mind.
The design of the apartment block is definitely before its time, for 1941 you can see the young architects of the period were experimenting with the open plan living concept, this building even now could be seen as modern, space aged, wide veranda's blue tiled pillars the central open garden, extremely inviting for all who are lucky enough to reside in the beautiful building.
Lester Devere - Jian Liu