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    Brisbane River welcomes new residences that include city’s first flood fortification design

    Geraldine Chua

    HAL Architects and SJB Interiors have designed the largest apartments on the Brisbane River, making it the first in the city to incorporate flood fortification design in a new building. 

    Designed in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis and Queensland floods, St Lucia Residences features raised basement ramps and basement level, and positions all essential services above ground height, while all dwellings are located nine metres above ground level.

    The development is situated at the edge of the University of Queensland precinct, and aspires for luxury riverfront living. A skillion roof accentuates the building’s strong linear proportions, while natural materials and finishes reflect the colour and vibrancy of the surrounds.

    Occupants of the twenty north-east facing residences, including two full-floor penthouses, have access to a private six-berth marina, riverfront yoga platform, private lift access into each unit, and a wine cellar and butler’s pantry.

    Internally, the connected living spaces utilise soothing interiors and high-end materials to provide a retreat from the Queensland climate. Finishes include Travertine, timber, marble and floor-to-ceiling glass.

    Construction is set to begin at the end of the year with an expected completion date in early 2016.

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