ELEGANT LUXURY ON RIVER
Drawing inspiration from the classic Queenslander, the new $20 million Amara Residences at Bulimba aim to bring elegance to the riverfront.
Award-winning Brisbane architectural firm BVN has taken the meaning of Amara – “peaceful and eternal” – and made the 13 residences not only a place of calm to escape the hustle of the city, but also given them a timeless twist.
BVN associate Glenn Bliesner said the design paid homage to the Queensland lifestyle while adding a new level of sophistication by creating design that was more like living in a home than an apartment.
He said they aimed to bridge the gap between living areas and the natural environment, adding touches such as an enclosed all-weather balcony that became its own room.
“This is not a typical viewing balcony, it’s actually an extension of the kitchen,” Mr Bliesner said. “It’s a multifunctional space that could even be used as a pool room or a second living room.
“Because we all like a backyard, there’s a touch of this on every level in the alfresco areas next to the urban balconies, where we have placed special grassed planters that serve both design and function.”
The Amara Residences are a mix of two, three and four-bedroom offerings, ranging from 93sq m to 197sq m and with prices starting from $1.99 million.
The apartments use natural tones of timber, masonry and stone, softened with natural greenery.
Full-length glass walls take advantage of the stunning river views, while extended ceiling heights up to 3.8m in some living spaces add to natural light and ventilation.
PDS Group development manager Michael Sutherland, whose company is seeing the project through from inception to completion, said the McConnell St site could have fitted a higher-density development, but that didn’t fit with the vision to create a destination residence.
“Luxury living areas, spacious outdoor areas, commanding riverfront views and privacy bring all the elements of an exclusive Queensland home on the river to the fore here,” he said.
Cloistered lobbies give the privacy of a home entry, while quality fittings and European appliances provide the final touch of elegance.
Ground-floor residences have their own plunge pools on the garden terrace, overlooking a grassed river walk that leads to the water’s edge.
Mr Sutherland said the residences had been designed specifically for owner occupiers, a sector of the market that was benefiting from rising interstate migration and empty nesters downsizing.
All residences have built-in day beds in their master bedroom, while some ensuites feature deep freestanding bathtubs and all have spacious walk-in robes.
Amara is a short walk from Bulimba’s wealth of retail and recreational facilities, and is close to the Apollo Road City Cat terminal.
The luxury apartments at Amara Residences Bulimba will offer superb Brisbane River views, easily enjoyed from their enclosed allweather balconies.