A development application has been submitted for a new 82-story residential tower known as No.1 Brisbane. Located on the corner of George and Queen Streets, the proposal represents the first Australian residential apartment building to be situated directly on a CBD shopping strip and would feature views over the Treasury Building towards the future Queen’s Wharf IRD.
Designed by Blight Rayner Architecture, the developer and applicant behind this proposal is 151 Property Core Plus Management Limited who are the owners of the current commercial buildings on-site at 231 George Street and 52 Queen Street.
According to the development application, the building aims to be a “breathable” and green “vertical city” of self-contained communities. No.1 Brisbane is another tower that scrapes the city’s artificial maximum height limit of 274.3 meters AHD. An ongoing CASA restriction due to a Brisbane Airport radar location issue means that new residential towers in Brisbane’s CBD can only be built up to this height.
The tower comprises 534 residential apartments varying in size and layout, including 120 one-, 284 two-, 108 three-, and 20 four-bedroom apartments, as well as two penthouses. Recreational spaces include BBQ areas, function and media rooms, gym facilities, and pool areas to further facilitate the concept of a “vertical city,” comprising an overall floor area of 4,470 square meters.
Outdoor spaces vary in scale and volume, including a podium designed as the “great verandah” with various public opportunities to occupy behind a façade system that allows indoor and outdoor spaces. The podium is designed as a fully active street building with a series of connected retail spaces. The proposed plan allows the public to move not only across the site, but also up through the site via a series of voids and escalations culminating at the landscaped podium top.
The proposed scale of the podium aligns with the adjoining heritage building to continue the Queen Street scale. A light filled laneway connecting Burnett Lane to Queen Street will reveal the neighboring heritage building’s corner and side boundary historic brick wall. All podium levels will comprise retail, food, and beverage uses to activate the edge and increase the depth of Queen Street Mall.
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