Zaha Hadid proposes sinuous towers for Gold Coast
Triple-tower by DBI Design and Oppenheim approved
DBI Design’s 88-storey Gold Coast tower has been approved by planning authorities and will have the city’s tallest residence by 2020.
The unnamed $1.2 billion tower will rise to 285 metres high, eclipsing the current record holder, Q1, by 50 metres (if you don't include Q1's spire). It will be located on a 3494sqm site on the corner of The Esplanade and Trickett Street and already has a 5-star green star certification.
The design is said to be inspired by crashing waves and will feature 88-storeys of irregularly stacked plates, not dissimilar to DBI’s “The Wave” project just down the road at Broad Beach. An exterior LED lighting display has also been promised for the building’s façade and it is said that it will create the illusion of light falling like rain down the exterior wall.
China-based conglomerate, Forise Holdings will develop the tower and is understood to be targeting high-end retailers for a signature retail and restaurant precinct at the building’s base. The tower will comprise 693 apartments and feature a 3-storey podium with café, restaurant and other retail facilities. Forise also plans to spend more than $2 million on public art by US artist Ed Carpenter
Construction is slated to begin in March 2016 and it is estimated that the tower will take four years to complete.