The last 1,000sqm of vacancy on Coolangatta’s beachfront ‘glitter strip’ is no more. Instead there sits a new $85 million, 25-level tower with some 28 high-end units.

Designed by DBI Design and Architecture, ‘Sanbano Coolangatta’ is enveloped by a 25 storey rippling façade that the architects believe reflects the dynamism of the ocean and the site’s locality.

"The building itself is intended to reflect the dynamic and poetic qualities of the ocean, over which it enjoys a commanding position,” said DBI director Barry Lee.

“The fluid form of the building is intended to represent a response to the rolling waves, the rippling sand and the cooling breezes, which are the essential qualities that attract people to Coolangatta.”

But the façade’s fluid form isn’t just for show, and Lee says that its shape benefits a more optimal interior living arrangement and view corridors for residents. 

"About half of the 28 units within Sanbano Coolangatta occupy a full floor - approximately 300sqm - so the contours create separate living spaces with virtually panoramic views to the ocean, city and hinterland," he said.

"The layout of the apartments in Sanbano was taken into careful consideration to maximise natural light and coastal breezes, with the majority of apartments designed with the living, dining and master bedroom facing the beachfront.”

"The lobby is an incredible glass amphitheatre style space with high ceilings - it really brings the outside in, so residents feel connected to the vibrant street life,” said DBI. Images: supplied.

Ten whole-floor apartments have been released to the Australian market and are priced from $2.72 million, and the building’s penthouse has just sold for more than $4 million.

Lynda Campbell, senior consultant from consulting firm Urbis, says Sanbano will be welcomed by the upper-end in the apartment market and the architects alerted that the penthouse, which focusses on outdoor living, has already been touted as one of the southern Gold Coast's most luxurious sky homes.

"There is a definite trend towards providing outdoor living spaces for premium apartments. With urban density increasing, high rises are becoming more common, but people don't want to lose their outdoor entertainment area," says Lee.

"In many high rises, outdoor entertainment areas are shared, but in five star projects like Sanbano, most apartments have two or three expansive balconies, and in the case of the penthouse, there is a rooftop deck which boasts a pool, spa, and plenty of space for furniture and a barbeque area.”

The building’s two storey podium will include a retail precinct, lobby and residents' lounge.DBI says this multi-use format will be welcomed by the community and embraced as part of the fabric of Coolongatta. Image: Supplied.