Langi Flats (c1926) in Toorak, the only garden apartment ‘multi-unit ‘ residential building in Australia designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney went on sale this week.
The garden is said to be the result of collaboration between the architects and landscape designer Edna Walling.
This is the site Statement of Significance in the National Trust Database
Langi Flats, a pair of apartment buildings designed by renowned architect Walter Burley Griffin, and built in 1925 & 1926, are significant at the state level for architectural and aesthetic reasons.
Walter Burley Griffin, in association with his wife Marion Mahoney, was the most remarkable and individualistic architect in Australia during his stay between 1913 and 1935. The Langi Flats are unusual in his oeuvre for displaying more of the style features of his earlier American projects, after leaving the office of Frank Lloyd Wright. Important features include the low horizontal eaves, the complex geometric decoration on the capitals of the front pylons, the decorative iron panels window spandrels and the matching gates on the north block. The use of native trees (in this case lemon scented gums) in the front lawn displays Griffin’s interest in Australian flora for suburban gardens. It is believed that Edna Walling later designed the north garden at the rear of the flats.
Aesthetically, the flats are attractive as a large, yet sensitively scaled building, with a horizontal, ground hugging emphasis, set behind sweeping lawns studded with a row of large native trees.
The auction takes place on 19th February.