DA approved for iconic “Queenslanders in the sky” 20 January 2016
bureau^proberts and Cam Ginardi of GBW Group are continuing their partnership on another ground-breaking multi-residential project in Kangaroo Point. The DA for 2 Scott St has recently been approved, and the project builds on their experiences with the award-winning SILT.
“The No 2 Scott Street project provides a new direction for apartment living in Brisbane and in development of the Kangaroo Point peninsula,” said Cam Ginardi.
“The iconic project site is highly visible from the city and river with fantastic city views. We have designed a building that takes our concept for SILT a step further and really maximises the potential of the site,” he said.
The design maintains the existing heritage building on the site, designed by Queensland’s first registered female architect — Elina Mottram, with external connections that open to the street and allow it to become part of the environment.
The unique façade references the river’s edge, and draws on the fissures and openings of the surrounding cliff embedding the building in the landscape of Kangaroo Point. This is a fully glass building that engages with the landscape with specially-designed screening that provides a veil between living space and external spaces, while modulating the light and heat of our sub-tropical environment.
“We wanted to design something special for the residential market. We asked ourselves ‘How can we create a home in an urban residential tower?’ This is what drove our design,” said Liam Proberts, Managing Director, bureau^proberts.
“Instead of thinking of them as apartments, we thought of each floor like a house in its size and connection to the outside. What we set out to achieve was a ‘Queenslander in the sky’ with all rooms opening to a veranda edge, providing cross ventilation while maintaining privacy,” said Liam.
2 Scott St has a larger, much more open floorplate than SILT, with three elevations with major city views. Each residence also has a unique, pocket garden reminiscent of the cliff and river-scape. bureau^proberts found extra space in the design to plant full-size trees and shrubs common to the surrounding area, some of which will grow up over two storeys creating a similar feel to a mature garden in a traditional house.
Hallways connect with external spaces, and some floors face a slightly different angle, which creates complexity in the design as well as contributing to the individuality of each residence and house-like feel.
“The council needs to be commended for looking at different options for high density living in Brisbane,” said Liam.
“2 Scott St provides an alternative to small apartment tower living and does it in a way that takes advantage of our subtropical climate and beautiful urban environment.”