A contemporary architectural expression that is shaped by, and draws inspiration from, its unique context.
Mosaic Property Group
The multi-residential apartment building is conveniently located in the heart of Toowong, one of Brisbane’s most in demand residential suburbs. With 101 apartments over 15 storeys, the development offers a unique lifestyle opportunity in the heart of Brisbane.
The building’s podium priorities the pedestrian experience of entry by providing a light and airy lobby while simultaneously adding layers, depth and diversity to the form. The veiled podium references the iconic Regatta Hotel and the surrounding masonry apartment context with the inclusion of breeze blocks. The blocks reference the fine intricate fretwork of the former, but also the materiality and form of the latter. This veil frames the views from the apartments out to the surrounding context by directing the gaze to the landscape areas and street trees (and away from the basement entrances and service stacks).
The tower form is inspired by driving around Toowong and observing Queenslanders perched on top of each other as they nestle within the hilly landscape. The building proudly captures the spectacular views of the city and river to the north-east and towards Mount Coot-Tha to the west, while being mindful of the unsightly developments adjacent.
The apartment layouts are guided by the views and outlooks, with the more premium apartments positioned to look towards the city and river, followed by views to Mount Coot-Tha to the west and north-west. Balconies are designed as ‘outdoor rooms’, positioned on corners where possible, to take advantage of the breeze and allowing for wide views.
The façade is inspired by the detailing and repetition of the traditional Queenslander – balustrades and awnings were the impetus for the façade treatment and podium design development. A tapestry of balconies, column grids and battens are interspersed with landscape and birdsong. The tower reflects this structural discipline, expressed as a series of posts, columns, slabs and beams.
On the rooftop DKO has created four different zones. A wet zone, with pool and wetdeck with views to the city and river; a dining zone, with outdoor BBQ area and shelter which takes advantage of views to the city; a wellness zone, which is a combination of a yoga lawn and gardens; and a multi-use zone to the south-west which can be utilised for co-working during office hours or turned into a communal kitchen and dining area after hours and on the weekends.
The lobbies have been widened and a slot runs through the building to provide an abundance of light and air. In this post-COVID environment we have purposefully made the lobby wider to allow for social distancing when residents are waiting for the lift together.
Careful consideration has been taken to ensure the building breathes. Generous setbacks to the north minimise impact to rear apartments, while setbacks to the east and west provide equitable development of neighbouring sites. With well-considered glazing, planters and perforated façade elements, the apartments balance optimum daylight, solar gain and ventilation with appropriate privacy.
Given the scale, the amenities on offer and the appealing attributes of the site’s location, Lissner Street provides a unique opportunity to deliver a range of apartment types that appeals to both owner-occupiers and investors.