* This project was under the design direction of Stephen Cameron while previously working at Hassell.
Client: Nielson Properties
Scale: 400 Apartments
This residential tower proposal was intended as an exemplar of subtropical residential tower living.
The primary sustainability and lifestyle requirement for a residential tower in Brisbane is to have access to natural cross-ventilation through every apartment, and this was the starting point of the design manifesto. On every floor of the tower, apartments are designed so that they can be opened at each end in order to draw the readily-available breezes through and minimise the need for air-conditioning. Small screened spaces between lift lobby and front door allow for a greater density of cross-ventilated apartments, outdoor drying space (saving energy from clothes drying) and a gentler privacy gradient between apartment and lobby.
The building form is broken down or pixellated by the randomised use of common elements such as balustrades and sunshades, as well as simple offsets in window placement and panel jointing. The emphasis here is on elegance and restraint.
The planning of individual apartments is premised on the desire to allow views of the river and beyond from most apartments, and this was achieved in 80% of all apartments. Detailed planning prioritises living area and bedroom space over kitchens, on the evidential basis that large kitchens are less critical to inner-urban residents.
The podium of the building is screened with translucent glass extrusions interspersed with lush vertical planting, with steel boxes projecting through from the two-storey street-facing SoHo apartments behind. A large public outdoor dining terrace is envisaged above the corner of Herschel St and North Quay, offering expansive views across the river reaches and the Cultural Precinct.