St. Falls / Elenberg Fraser Architecture


Architects: Elenberg Fraser Architecture
Location: Falls Creek, Victoria,
Client: Zacamoco
Project team: Callum Fraser, Valerie Tan, Hazel Porter, Frank Olbrich, Lorenzo Nuti, Kathrin Wheib, Marcus Ieraci, Caroline King, Iva Foschia, Andrew Prodromou, Beth Solomon, Karl Engstrom
Project Management: PDS Group
Structural consultant: Bonacci Group Pty Ltd & VSL Australia Pty Ltd
Builder: LU Simon
Quantity Surveyor: Slattery Australia
Building Surveyor: Gardner Group
Budget: AU $24 millions
Project year: 2007
Construction year: 2009
Photographs: Peter Bennetts, Tony Miller & Peter Clarke

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Situated in Falls Creek, the development is an essential and exciting new Gateway concept for the Village. Com- prising two elegantly formed buildings emerging from the landscape, the view on arrival is complimented by the clearly framed aspect up to the ski fields beyond.

At ground level there will be a new retail strip fronting Bogong High Plains Road enlivening the street frontage and creating weather protected spill out zones for visitors to the Village. Entries to the upper level apartments are integrated into this dynamic facade language with prominent entry canopies announcing the unique interiors of the St Falls lobbies.


The winding ramp system moves the visitor up through the two buildings and the broad central public staircase brings visitors up between the two buildings. Both paths of movement pass several retail and amenity spaces nestled into the rock faced walls, arriving at the elevated level of the revitalised Slalom Plaza and the expansive north facing terraced café & restaurant areas.

At Slalom Plaza level there are large commercial tenancies opening directly onto the large public meeting place. From the Plaza looking out over an endless view to the Valley and Mount Spion Kopje below, the buildings offer a multitude of spaces and programmes from which to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Plaza level entries to the upper level apartments are again integrated into this dynamic building language.

ground floor plan
ground floor plan

Within the two buildings the apartments are unique in their concept, reflecting the exclusive nature of the overall St Falls concept. Expansive views through generous windows orchestrate the light filled interior spaces. Dining zones move into living spaces that flow to external balconies. The balconies all hold a hot tub and extend beyond the beautifully articulated timber building skin to present maximum availability to the views beyond.


The apartment materials exude a luxury reflective of the design quality and inspired approach to the idea of hotel apartment living. First class appliances and fixtures and fittings are used throughout. Furniture is included as part of a considered overall designed aesthetic.

The development is respectful of the natural environment within which it is situated and recognises the work that Falls Creek Resort Management Board has put into maintaining these values. The development will utilise passive techniques such as solar orientation and thermal massing, as well as more pro active measures where viable.

Cite: "St. Falls / Elenberg Fraser Architecture" 19 Nov 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • bake

    wow, what a refreshing project. great stuff

  • jaff

    wow,form it,what a unique concept!

  • david

    absolutely amazing, i love this project.

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  • Mr Solomon’s freya and ezgi

    wow its amazing!!! beautiful x
    we also want to be architects !!!

  • Glazed

    It snows in Australia?

    • amr

      Yes it does snow here, just not in very many places….one place that springs to mind is the Snowy Mountains….
      This was still being built when I was there in winter last year. I do like their earlier contribution at Falls Creek, the HUSKI Apartments. It has a great outdoor spa right by the passing road.

    • Chris

      haha Glazed only just!

  • CaioM

    i was just asking me the same thing… (but when i google it…)

  • HOON

    wow, full of complex aesthetics being loaded on here! wow!

  • lanois

    wow! all that wood, wow!

  • will

    another amazing wooden icicle

  • james

    why is everyone wowing?
    yes, it snows in australia
    no, this is not worth wowing over.

  • Rahul J

    what stunning views of the facades… fantastic in the snow(!?!)

  • darien mayes

    this is the kind of concept (look at the living room’s open-plan design) that will definitely benefit with a designer, minimalist wall mounted electric fire to complement it.
    like this one maybe?

  • Jamie

    These modern open-plan living rooms are very minimalist and designer and seem to have lots of cool space saving devices and furniture. The views look good in the Winter. But you definitely need a wall inserted fire like one of the HIW ranges here –

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  • 台灣大樂透

    Amazing article, thank You !!