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It will be rare to find such a picturesque residential setting so close to the city –  ‘The Highgate.’

Tree roots wrapped cathedral-like around a staircase, wildlife glimpsedBrisbane Investor, Property Investment, Investors, Invest Brisbane, Rental Property, investment properties, property market, The Highgate, apartments through parted reeds, a bird soaring and water babbling … such is the imaginative vision informing one of Brisbane’s most exciting inner-city landscape projects.

But on such a highly anticipated development as The Highgate – with its up close city views, an adjacent heritage park and apartments starting at $1.5 million – it seems only right that landscape architect Steve Dunn has been able to unleash something special.

The building will take up just 20 per cent of the 4900sq m site on Dornoch Terrace, Highgate Hill, leaving a broad canvas for Mr Dunn to get busy on.

With such an emphasis on the creation of a unique high-end development, including interiors by renowned designer Blainey North and kitchens by celebrated chef Neil Perry, would the aim outside be to match the wow factor of the building or complement it?

“The overarching design is more about having an empathy for the typography and the people who are using it, and making sure that the setting of the building is correct,” Mr Dunn said.

“With this one I actually started with my kind of briefing statement, starting with some sketches,” he said, unrolling the originals – a set of stunning hand-drawn images in blue ink on white paper.

Mr Dunn explained that the artwork described the experiences a person might have on the site.

“So, this one’s about the topography and the experience of the bird soaring … and this is about the rolling nature of bubbles and water, and then this one’s about the canopy and the cover of the tree, a walkway and a balustrade and how the tree kind of envelopes that experience,” he said.

The most elaborate of the sketches depicts a walking track with reeds, a pond and, on the other side, a dingo.

“It’s about that notion of a wild experience, that voyager discovery,” he said. “You get to somewhere, you part the reeds and you see something not expected. So these three little artworks I did first and then started to design the landscape afterwards.”

While future residents can rest assured there won’t be dingos in their front yard, they will find leafy pockets and walkways, even a secret garden and large established fig trees that are being retained.

“It’ll feel like a very, very generous back yard,” Mr Dunn said. “It’ll feel like something that you can’t get on an 800sq m block, because it’s just so generous.

“You just don’t get this on other projects. You don’t get the park adjacent, you don’t get elevated gardens, you don’t get a really large pool, or a secret garden … you don’t get all the different pockets of amenity.”

One element Mr Dunn is looking forward to is the cathedral-like staircase underneath a fig tree.

“Once that comes together I think that’ll be gorgeous,” he said.

“Because there’s such a large change in level between the upper terrace and the pool terrace, they’re connected with a really generous staircase and the staircase will have a series of poles that will go up to the branches of the fig tree.

“So, what’ll happen over time is the fig tree will send down aerial roots down those poles and eventually you’ll end up with a cathedral fig around this space. The tree will literally wrap itself around that staircase over time.

“You won’t see the end result for another 20 or 30 years. It’ll happen.’’

Construction on The Highgate is expected to start in December, a fast-tracked start date following $50 million in apartment sales in just four weeks.


Original article published at by Wendy Hughes, The Courier Mail 20/9/2014


Builder appointed for new luxury Gold Coast development The Monaco

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Gold Coast-based developer Ignite Projects have appointed McNab Construction to build their 25 level Main Beach project, The Monaco. 

The Monaco at 2-4 MacArthur Parade will home 25 half and full-floor residences, adjacent to the Southport Marina. 

Designed by Rothelowman, the new tower will feature the Southern Hemisphere’s first car elevator to apartments, sky garage and a custom-designed kitchens for each buyer. 

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Apartments in the Monaco will offer up to 362 sqm of living space, a communal 24-metre heated pool and an additional multi-purpose space, as well as the sky cave.

One whole floor of the Monaco has been dedicated to private storage space.

“McNab has a brilliant track record for delivering projects that exceed all expectations in terms of quality and deliverables, so they are a good fit for our project team,” Ignite Projects’ Josh Foote said. 

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Construction is expected to take 20 months to complete and will begin around mid-next year. 

The project is expected to support over 200 construction jobs a day during peak times, McNab Construction manager Mark Jewell said. 


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Elysian Broadbeach finishes construction, selling final apartments

The luxury Broadbeach tower Elysian has finished its construction and has released the remaining apartments for sale.

The Spyre Group’s Broadbeach development sold 85 percent of its stock and has released only 10 apartments remaining, a mix of two, three, and four-bedroom units. 

Elysian at 185 Old Burleigh Road has 61 apartments across its 21 levels.

Elysian Broadbeach Apartments

Prices start at $785,000 for a two-bedroom apartment or from $1.5 million for a three-bedroom.

Designed by ML Architecture and Boyds Bay Group, Elysian’s amenities include a swimming pool, yoga terrace, sauna room, and gym. 

Just 70 meters from the beach, the rare beachfront offering enjoys 180-degree views of the expansive ocean, city, and Gold Coast hinterland.

Its features include open-plan living and dining, balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, and timber flooring.

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CBRE Gold Coast is marketing the project. 


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Gold Coast set for Australia’s first Mondrian brand residences and five-star hotel

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The boutique US hotel operator Mondrian has announced it will open its first five-star hotel and brand residence in Australia at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast.

Mondrian, a partnership between SBE Entertainment and hospitality giant Accor, has engaged the local developer Vitale Project to construct the two tower development which is slated for completion in mid-2023.

The two towers, designed by the multi-award-winning architect Elenberg Fraser, will separate the 89 private residences from the hotel, which will have 208 guest rooms.

Studio Carter, the international hospitality design consultant, was commissioned to oversee the interior design.

The building will be connected by a three-level podium that acts as the building’s communal space and will home a state-of-the-art fitness center, spa, restaurants, and swimming pools, all overlooking the beach.

It’s being built on 4,035 sqm on the corner of First Avenue and The Esplanade Burleigh Heads.

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Mondrian Gold Coast is one of nine new Mondrian properties that SBE plans to open globally by 2022, with six more to be announced.

It follows the company’s recent opening of Mondrian Seoul Itaewon, and the announcement of Mondrian Shoreditch London set to open in 2021.

The Gold Coast has grown into one of Australia’s leading travel destinations and the opening of Mondrian Gold Coast is the next step in our strategic global expansion for the Mondrian brand, selecting communities at the heart of the most exciting cultural destinations in the world,” SBE’s chief operating officer Chadi Farhat said.

Accor Pacific chief executive Simon McGrath said the expansion of the first-ever Mondrian into Australia reflects Accor’s commitment to developing innovative, lifestyle-oriented hotels alongside SBE.

“With the Mondrian brand, SBE creates destinations within the destination, bringing together regional authenticity with sophisticated design, creative programming, and a lively bar and restaurant scene.

“Mondrian Gold Coast will be the embodiment of this philosophy: providing residents and guests with elevated hospitality experiences that match the beauty and vibrancy of Australia’s Gold Coast region.”

LGC Property Investments, directed by Chris and Letitia Vitale, paid $22 million for the site, which currently houses the 1960s apartment block White Horses Apartment, in July.

There had been an agreement in place for the Brisbane-based Neilson Properties to buy the site in 2018, but that failed to proceed.

The White Horse Apartment owners had been in court battles for a number of years trying to band together to sell their combined 49 apartments.

But because it was a company titled block, they needed 100 percent of the vote to approve a sale, however, six owners resisted.


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