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Tower reveal: Burleigh Heads set for new Koichi Takada apartment tower by FORME


The local developer Forme are set for their fifth luxury beachfront Gold Coast project.

They’ve submitted plans to the City of Gold Coast council for a 17 level tower of just 30 apartments, designed by the renowned architect Koichi Takada.

It’s the second time Forme have engaged Takada to design, after huge success with their other nearby Burleigh Heads developments Norfolk.

Burleigh Heads

96 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220 

“Since the scaffold dropped at Norfolk, the building has quickly become an icon” Forme managing director David Calvisi says, with the architecture flooding social media. Even the popular beach photographer Aquabumps have prints available of the iconic facade.

“Norfolk has been a great success and it was important we carried the key elements of its success, mainly via the architecture, through the design at 96 The Esplanade”, Calvisi added.

The new development will home 23 half-floor apartments of around 220 sqm, as well as three full-floor residences with around 440 sqm of space.

Crowning the tower will be a special two level penthouse. Across its 790 sqm floor plate will be a gym, library, theatre and private rooftop pool.

The layouts of all of the apartments have been designed to maximise the views and take in natural light. The open plan living areas typically have bene oriented east to face the ocean, with more private spaces located at the rear of the building.

The Melbourne-based MIM Design is handling the interiors.

Burleigh Heads

The Sydney-based Takada, who is rarely seen on boutique projects, said 96 Esplanade has been the work of the same team as Norfolk on an equally amazing waterfront site.

“Nature inspired architecture and organic curves are designed to maximise views to the ocean and light, capturing the beauty of the Gold Coast and the essence of coastal living,” Takada said.

“A simple and elegant design that is all about celebrating and maximising your connection with nature.The magical experience on this site is the direct connection to the water and the sky – like air, the design features are thin and light, almost invisible.

“The balconies float above the beach, reflecting the soft ripples of the waves below. Expansive balconies celebrate an outdoor lifestyle and open style living. Composed of materials that reference nature, the design is inspired by ripples on water that dissipate over time.”


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What residents can expect at Midwater at Main Beach

The Heran Building Group have focused on the residents amenities at its Gold Coast development Midwater, nestled between Main Beach and the Nerang River.

Designed by Cottee Parker Architects, the apartments have been designed as a collection of open light-filled spaces with seamless connection to the natural environment.

There are 106 apartments in the 38 level tower at 3496 Main Beach Parade, with the amenities crowning the development.


Midwater 3496 Main Beach Parade, Main Beach QLD 4217

The amenities include an infinity pool, smart home automation a fully equipped well-being centre with gym, outdoor yoga, steam & sauna facilities plus a great selection of world-class amenities nearby.

Resort-style luxury is further curated through durable fixtures and fittings enhanced by warm lighting.

The open plan kitchen, living and dining areas open to large entertaining terraces, while full height glass sliding doors and louvres open to allow cooling breezes inside.

Additionally, smart home automation gives residents easy access to an integrated system of devices designed for comfort, security and convenience. Lighting, audio and video, blinds, air-conditioning and security are all controlled by your all-in-one touch screen, remote or smart phone.

Midwater offers both beach and riverfront access. There’s also a fully automated valet.

Prices start from $649,900 for a one bedroom apartment, $849,900 for a two bedder and $1,779,900 for a three bedroom apartment.


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Pikos’ Brisbane Triple Tower Gets Go-Ahead

Pikos Group’s $350-million Brisbane River development has been approved after multiple applications on the site and an appeal when the apartment plans were rejected by the council.

The triple-tower development went to the Planning and Environment Court after being rejected by the Brisbane City Council in December, 2020 for the properties at 94-108 Lambert Street, Kangaroo Point.

The court approved the Brisbane-based developer’s plans for 273 units across three towers up to 15-storeys high, exceeding the previous 10-storey height limit for the area.

The newly adopted council neighbourhood plan for the area enabled Pikos to gain approval at the 5284sq m site, however, the group modified its plans down from 300 apartments.

The council acknowledged the changes that came into effect in February, 2020 and originally rejected the plans, citing setback, open space and tower separation issues.

Work on the towers is expected to start in mid-2021 and be built across three stages with the majority of apartments available in the final release.

Pikos Property Group managing director Pedro Pikos said they had not shied away from the rigorous scrutiny, engaging with the council and addressing issues raised within the community.

“We are delighted that the council has recognised the overall merits of our development and we can now move forward with a benchmark project that will enhance the inherent charm of Kangaroo Point and its future growth,” Pikos said.


▲ The 2020 plans by Kris Kowalski Architects for three towers at the Kangaroo Point site for Pikos Group. 

The Brisbane-based property veteran said development precedents for the area had been set long ago and that Pikos Group’s proposal sat within the existing town planning parameters.

“Now we are out of the appeal process, we continue to take on board community feedback and are exploring further options to substantially reduce apartment density and traffic volumes,” Pikos said.

The site was previously approved for a seven-unit building in 2015, 21 units in 2017 and 74 units across two 10-storey towers in early-2019.

Another application was made in August, 2019 and approved for 200 units across three 10-storey towers.

Pikos recently launched another Kangaroo Point development, the $250-million “Skye by Pikos” of 70 apartments, at 8 River Terrace.

The development, also across three towers, includes a floating 1000sq m sky deck, inspired by Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, and is set to launch in June, 2021.


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Refinery, New Farm Mirvac-built apartment sees strong results in Brisbane


The 2431/32 Refinery Parade, New Farm was one of 32 apartments within the Refinery, built in 1892, and reimagined by Mirvac in the early 2000s

There have been two recent sales in the Refinery apartment complex in Brisbane’s New Farm.

A ground floor apartment at 2133/32 Refinery Parade went to Ray White auction last week which fetched $2,375,000 with five registered bidders, local and interstate.

It had last sold at $2m in 2017, and initially at $895,000 in 2004.

A $2.25 million sale of an apartment in the Refinery complex had been secured earlier in May.

The 4th floor apartment ranked as one of 32 apartments in the Refinery, built in 1892, and reimagined by Mirvac in the early 2000s.

It came with an internal space of 158sqm, plus a rare 6 sqm balcony in the heritage-listed CSR Refinery building.

There was also a 32 sqm car space plus storage locker at 2431/32 Refinery Parade, New Farm.

It last sold at $980,000 in 2004.

Selling agent Peter Hutton at Hutton & Hutton had given a $2.2m to $2.4m price guide.

Mirvac’s Ascot Green community fronting Eagle Farm Racecourse is the developer’s current project under construction.

Ascot House, the first stage has sold-out, with Tulloch House’s remaining apartments priced from $490,000.


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