Brisbane architectural firm bureau^proberts has been honoured with the John Dalton Award for Building of the Year at the Australian Institute of Architects’ Queensland Regional Architecture Awards for their Walan design.

Located at the edge of the Brisbane River and adjacent to the Kangaroo Point cliffs, Walan is a 14-storey residential development with a design is a contemporary take on the traditional ‘Queenslander’.

Liam Proberts, bureau^proberts managing and creative director says, “Our goal was to push the boundaries of multi-residential design,”

 “With Walan, we thought of each floor like a house in its size and connection to the outside. Just like a Queenslander, all rooms open to a veranda edge, providing cross ventilation while maintaining privacy.”

Carefully selected travertines and natural stones for benchtops and walls feature throughout, referencing the surrounding cliffs of Kangaroo Point.

This connection to the cliffs was a driver for the external expression of the project and its unique façade of specially-designed screens.

They reference the fissures and openings of the surrounding cliffs, embedding the building in the landscape of Kangaroo Point.

Each whole-of-floor residence also has a unique pocket garden, reminiscent of the cliffs and river-scape.