The project is a thoughtful response to its context. It is architecture designed from the inside out to welcome the outside in.
Surfers Paradise, QLD
The project located along Hamilton Avenue is a thoughtful response to its context with apartments allowing residents to fully embrace a lifestyle within a beautiful coastal environment at Surfers Paradise.
With Nerang on its western end and the beach and ocean on its eastern side, Hamilton Avenue is in a unique pocket with wide-open frontages and 360-degree views in the middle of Surfers Paradise, engulfed in a landscape of green and blue.
Upon arrival, a series of landscaped planters welcome residents. A grand stair sitting under a triple-height atrium brings them up to the communal facilities on level 1. The communal spaces here are envisioned as a subtropical resort – generously landscaped with lush foliage, open to views yet sheltered from the harsh afternoon sun. The central pool zone has a series of intimate and distinct spaces carefully curated along a lap pool. A wellness centre anchors the southern end whilst a series of enclosed and open dining and lounge spaces hold the northern side of the building, creating an activated and active corner providing good passive surveillance to the street. Most of the spaces are surrounded and shaped by planters and landscape, creating a floating green environment.
The tower is composed of single plate apartments. It has been designed from the inside out – its living areas concentrated along the northeast to take advantage of the sun and views whilst sleeping zones flank this central space on either side. The living zone on the northeast is envisioned as a veranda in the sky, a space that can be completely opened up through a series of sliding doors and an open balcony – embracing the coastal climate and lifestyle. Conversely, the bedrooms are expressed as more solid glass boxes, providing a sense of enclosure and privacy. The tower thus is composed of a series of slender volumes that express each of these functions. These volumes are read as a series of carefully detailed slabs, with the breaks in the mass articulated as a curved quarter moon cut, giving the building a sculptural quality and softness. The balustrades, in a soft bronze tone, will be carefully detailed to create a unique rhythm and pattern, helping to enhance this quality. Towards the base of the tower, a series of planters have been introduced to provide further privacy for the residents positioned closer to the street and adjacent communal areas.