AR­CHI­TECT DRAWS WORLD’S AT­TEN­TION

Apart­ments short-listed at fes­ti­val

The Courier-Mail - Home - - HOME - ME­LANIE BURGESS

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.

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