The Mighty Apollo

Posted on April 04, 2016 by Ross Hines

The Mighty Apollo building in nearby West Melbourne recently made use of lighting from our collection as part of the building renewal. Working with Six Degrees Architects, the owners have achieved that rare balance of respect for a building's past with renewal for a new, contemporay purpose.  

Multiple Dr Spinner pendants by young local designers: Dowel Jones fit seamlessly with the revitalised commercial interior and also in the apartment kitchen.

Acorn pendants by Ross Didier bring a refined industrial aesthetic to the bedrooms.

Several of the larger spaces are now available for lease and the owners are looking for creative businesses. So if you're interested, use the link below for further information.

The Mighty Apollo Story.

With a history that spans early manufacturing in inner Melbourne, to a vibrant creative community, the use of The Mighty Apollo Building over the years reflects a diverse industrial and social history.

The warehouse, with its adjacent matching building, was built in 1926 using new poured concrete building technology. It was bought by Mr A.J.W. Scovell to house the Widdis Diamond Dry Cell Battery Company Pty Ltd, one of the first Australian manufacturers of special purpose portable batteries for the radio industry.

The building would later accommodate other businesses in the emerging light manufacturing industry, including Hygienic Baby Carriages and Ritter General Electric, producing pie warmers and milkshake stands among other equipment.
The Mighty Apollo Building's best-known occupant and namesake was The Mighty Apollo, Paul Anderson, famous for his public acts of strength, for weight lighting, boxing and martial arts gymnasium. From 1956 until 1992, many trained in his gym, and he is credited for encouraging women in the art of self-defence and the early introduction of martial arts to Australia.

The ground floor of the building was for many years been used for engineering and auto mechanics. Bob at R & M Engineering crafted specialty parts using his collection of extraordinary solid metal lathes and Phil at Advance Automotive rebuilt and serviced cars including beautiful classic racing cars.

The building has also been home to a community of artists, designers, photographers and film-makers with small studios and large shared open spaces. Nadia and Jason of PrintInk using the wide open space of the top floor for their screen printing tables, hand printed beautiful textiles for local Melbourne designers and their own products.


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