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    The luxury building defining the gateway to Brisbane's commercial district

    Brisbane QLD

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    This project is a distinctive residential tower that according to the architect, defines the northern gateway to Brisbane’s commercial district. 

    Designed as a “world-class home for busy city-dwelling professionals”, Spire Residences includes one and two-bedroom apartments, rooftop facilities (such as a pool, gym and kitchen), a concierge service, library, meeting areas and private theatre. 

    It is adjacent to the Orient Hotel and cathedral precinct in central Brisbane, an area home to heritage buildings with a rich palette of forms and materials.

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    According to the architect, the tower speaks two languages: one at street level to its vibrant cultural heritage neighbours, and another towards its younger and taller companions for centralised city living.

    “The patterning and detailing of the brick podium refers to the heritage buildings, and assists in creating the humanised streetscape that the existing buildings successfully achieve. The development responds to the scale, form and materiality of nearby buildings in a complementary manner,” says the architect. 

    “The undulating façade was conceived as a net that expands horizontally in response to the building’s curves, privacy, sun shading and view lines.” 

    Modern luxury features include an infinity edge rooftop pool and a private dining room with panoramic city views.

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    SUSTAINABILITY FEATURES

    • External vertical greenery and layered podium façades provide an integrated shading system
    • A naturally ventilated car park reduces mechanical load and reduces energy consumption
    • Rainwater harvesting irrigates the vast internal and external green spaces
    • A centralised chilled water plant serves individual CHW air conditioning systems, which offer significant energy savings over time compared with conventional split air conditioning systems used for residential buildings

    Key Info

    Architect: John Wardle Architects

    Photography: Christopher Frederick Jones

    Words: Stephanie Stefanovic

    Site size: 1,230sqm

    Project size: 36,415sqm

    Building levels: 40

    Completion date: 2017

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