Brisbane 1

A crystalline form in the cityscape.


Why is Brisbane 1 a model for subtropical architecture?

Brisbane 1 pursues an agenda to create a socially and environmentally sustainable development by creating a place that fulfils the needs of its residents and respects its surrounds. Environmental sustainability is achieved through the adoption of passive design strategies; optimising solar orientation, facilitating natural ventilation and maximising outlook. These measures provide a superior level of occupant amenity while reducing carbon emissions by minimising reliance on artificial lighting and mechanical cooling. A commitment to integrated landscape further enhances the level of visual and climatic amenity, improving outlook and generating a cooling micro-climate. Brisbane 1 aspires to create a sense of community and make a building that contributes in a positive way to the character and amenity of its place.

What factors influenced the tower form?

Brisbane 1 is strongly influenced by its siting on a triangular block with corners marked by the creation of three distinctive towers. The design was informed by the imagined process of erosion by water of a solid mass resulting in three sculptured forms. The ambition to resolve the building’s complex shape is rewarded by long-range views which impart a constantly shifting perspective and deliberately ambiguous form. Corners and street edges are celebrated through the subtle manipulation of the floor plate, giving a crystalline sensibility and gentle sense of movement to the tower form.

Words from the developer, R&F Property Australia…

As our debut development project in Australia it was critical for us to partner with an architect engaged in the local market, with local knowledge. bureau^proberts understood our aspirations and designed a building that is true to our brand while being reflective of our ongoing ambitions to expand our presence in Australia. bureau^proberts’ commercial sensibility paired with their experience in making enviable places for subtropical living has translated in strong market interest and ultimately extra value on the projects bottom line.


Private client
Architecture, Interiors, Master Planning
Brisbane, Australia
Complete, 2019
R&F Property Australia
Project Details
3 Residential Towers / 95,300 m² GFA / 608 apartments
ADG Engineers, Place Design Group, Omnii, McKenzie, VAE Group, Urbis, SDF Electrical, EMF Griffiths, SJM Hydraulics
Hutchinson Builders
Christopher Frederick Jones
Project Contact