Not a week after Dame Zaha Hadid's first Australian project received DA approval from the Brisbane City Council, plans have been unveiled by the London-based architect and developer Sunland Group for two sinuous 44-storey towers to be built along the Gold Coast. 

Sunland, the group behind the Q1 supertower and Palazzo Versace Hotel, lodged a development application with Gold Coast City Council for the pair of skyscrapers, which will bring together 370 apartments and a 69-suite hotel. 

The $600 million project at Mariner's Cove will also sit with the city's first privately-owned cultural precinct comprising an art gallery, museum, and outdoor sculptural gardens. Other features include an underground aquarium, and 1,950sqm retail and dining space at the ground level.

Looking very similar to Hadid's approved three-tower residential design for Brisbane's riverfront at Toowong - also developed by Sunland - Mariner's Cove is designed as an organic, living form, says Sunland's Managing Director, Sahba Abedian. Sinuous lines interlace upwards from a tapered base to create a sense of flow and movement.


^ Hadid's approved Toowong towers look very similar to the proposed Mariner's Cove development (pictured in lead image)

"This vibrancy is further brought to life by the reflection and interaction of the glass facadewith its stunning Broadwater setting," adds Abedian.

"At the ground plane, the towers merge seamlessly with public spaces dedicated to culture and the arts...the museum's sweeping organic forms reflect the landscape of its unique location, symbolic of the dunal shapes distinctive to the Broadwater.

"By increasing the height of the proposed towers, we have been able to reduce the development's footprint, in turn creating generous view lines and pedestrian access to the waterfront."