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Located at 13-17 Manning Street, the Woods Bagot designed project is set to deliver the largest communal space for a development of its size in Australia, with plans for a running track, dog park, car share scheme and wine bar.
Consisting of 261 apartments across 24 residential levels, the development comprises four cylindrical forms bundled into a singular glazed tower, capped with an iconic crown profile. The curved floor-plate reduces the perception of bulk from the pedestrian realm while natural materials such as brick on the ground level act as a nod to West End’s eclectic character.
Woods Bagot Associate Principal David Lee said the design was illustrative of a collective, multi-disciplinary effort.
“We are thrilled to be working with an experienced and reputable developer who understands the importance of quality and innovation in Brisbane’s competitive multi-residential market.”
Designed to peel open and become an extension of Fish Lane into the site, the four-level podium car park is screened by a living green wall. Cylindrical terracotta-look pipes are interspersed with vertical greenery and lighting to create a sculptural and striking base. Landscaping cascades from the top of the podium down the face between the pipes to create a woven pattern.
The amenity levels function as ‘sky terraces’ aimed to encourage social interaction between neighbours and allow all residents access to city views, open space and sunlight. Facilities on the podium include a large fitness centre, theatre, wellness centre and 200-metre walking/running track that circles the building. The building’s rooftop deck includes a 25-metre infinity edge pool, wine bar, outdoor dining and intimate relaxation nooks within a mature subtropical landscape.
The proposal contributes the highest ratio of communal recreation space per unit in the country, with 2800 square metres of space across the ground, podium and rooftop levels, projected by Aria to be four to five times the recreation space per unit of comparable projects.
Activation of Manning Street and Fish Lane was incorporated throughout the design and includes two retail tenancies proposed for the ground level, activating the front of the building along Manning Street and extending Fish Lane down into the back of the development.
The building will feature two Tesla electric cars held in body corporate ownership for booking and use by any residents who wish to utilise the scheme. There are also provisions for a car hire scheme managed by a third-party operator.
The project is expected to progress to the next stage of design development in preparation to go to market in early 2018.