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    Twin towers development for Brisbane considers local climate

    Nicholas Rider

    A new twin tower residential development for Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point proposes a climate responsive design.

    Designed by A+ Design Group, the 20-storey project at 25 Ferry Street incorporates subtropical planting and natural ventilation.

    Sitting on a four-storey podium, the towers are separated by 10 metres allowing for breeze paths and daylight.

    Lat27 has developed the landscape concept plan for the project, which sees subtropical planting throughout and on the façade of the towers. This will also extend to the surrounding site. 

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    The façade gets its wavy pattern from vertically arranged white powder coated aluminium blade fins 

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    Vertical stainless steel trellis cables sit between ‘timber-look’ aluminium louvres to promote plant growth

    The development consists of 102 residential apartments (with the majority being naturally ventilated), three ground floor retail spaces, a resident’s pool and gym on podium level and four penthouse apartments.

    Situated in the heart of Kangaroo Point, the proposed site is conveniently located within walking distance to Dockside, Story Bridge and the Thornton Street ferry terminal. Council’s future vision of the footbridge to the city will further improve the city network to Kangaroo Point.

    This new proposal replaces an original development application that was approved in 2012 for a twin tower development known as Dockside Garden Towers.

    GREEN PROSPERITY

    In the last year or so, we’ve seen numerous projects in Brisbane, in particular at Kangaroo Point, making use of green facades.

    These include BVN’s biophilia-designed commercial tower at 301 Wickham Street, a 47-storey building at 443 Queen Street designed by Architectus and WOHA, and a 14-storey apartment at Kangaroo Point by Bureau Proberts which will be Australia’s first ‘vertical forest’ apartments.

    The most recent, is another at Kangaroo Point by Bureau Proberts. Jardino, a proposed 19-storey residential tower for 12 Hamilton Street, features a multi-layered garden façade.

    It’s also a good time for development and architects Brisbane, according to renowned architect Michael Rayner, who says the city is recovering from a dip in the construction and resources market. This is evident by the number of skyscraper developments currently in progress in the city, boosted predominantly by a new residential precinct going up near Brisbane’s Botanical Gardens. 

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