ARCHITECT DRAWS WORLD’S ATTENTION
Apartments short-listed at festival
AN UNCONVENTIONAL NTIONAL split-personality apartment partment project in Kangaroo oo Point has been short-listed ted at the prestigious World orld Architecture Festival Awards.
The Bureau Proberts SILT building, underneath the Story Bridge, will compete against 15 5 other entries in the e Housing category.
The building comprises omprises seven luxury, full-level level apartments and stands out with a concrete facade and black tinted windows.
Bureau Proberts managing director Liam Proberts said it offered two very contrasting aesthetics that responded to their different outlooks.
Bridge-side, the building is robust, with fixed and soundrated windows to cancel traffic noise. The other side is very open, with removable screens and verandas. “It’s almost a dual personality,” Mr Proberts said.
“From a unique set of circumstances comes a unique building.”
M Mr Prober Proberts said the design was intended to generate intrigue. intrigu
“We wanted to create an apartment building that offered something different to the highend residential market in Brisbane,” he said.
“However, this was not without its challenges; stringent planning controls meant we had to come up with a design solution that satisfied council, while ensuring it stacked up economically and responded appropriately to its context.”
Simon Caulfield, of Place Estate Agents, sold the apartments at the end of last year, with the properties fetching between $1.3 million and $1.6 million each. He said id SILT’s architecture, combined with its location overlooking Captain Burke Park and the Brisbane River, created a very desirable development.
“People are tired of conventional; they want something that is different and won’t date,” he said. “SILT is a prime example of that.
“The fact we had over 100 inspections and the building sold out in less than five weeks proves this.”
The World Architecture Festival Awards will be announced in Singapore on October 1-3. Cox Rayner Architects’ Constance Street Public Housing is the only other Australian entry short-listed in the Housing category.
Pictures: Christopher Frederick Jones.