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Aria Lodges 20-Storey Tower Application for Kangaroo Point

Architectural rendering of Aria's proposed residential tower at 58-62 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point
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Aria Property Group has submitted a development application for a twenty-storey residential tower located at 58-62 Leopard Street, Kangaroo Point.

Designed by Rothelowman, the tower features a distinctive painted art crown which is planned for the rooftop soffits. This locally produced artwork will be illuminated at night so that the public can see from below.

Architectural rendering of the painted crown of Aria’s proposed residential tower at 58-62 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point

On the ground level, a public subtropical arcade referred to in the development application as ‘the pavilion’ is proposed which would allow for public occupation zones and pedestrian through flow towards the Gabba stadium and Cross River Rail.

In total, 25% of the ground plane has been given over as usable, lush and variable public realm, including seating, hardstand, softscape, water features and public art.

Architectural rendering of Aria’s proposed residential tower at 58-62 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point
Architectural rendering of Aria’s proposed residential tower at 58-62 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point

“The public realm on the ground plane will embrace timber and stone to create a robust civic feel. Materials will help distinguish the interface between public and private realms.” – Rothelowman.

The building also would feature a triple height lobby in order to to free up the ground level for the provision of public open space, including enticing communal recreation and refuge areas and landscaping.

In addition to the public open space at ground level, the rooftop (800m2) is devoted to communal open space. The rooftop features:

  • A large furnished resident lounge space
  • Outdoor dining areas and BBQ facilities
  • Pool, spa and terrace lounge area
  • Generally unrestricted views of the South Brisbane and the D’aguilar Ranges, the Gabba, End, South Bank, Mount Cootha and CBD.
Architectural rendering of the ground level of Aria’s proposed residential tower at 58-62 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point
Architectural rendering of the ground level of Aria’s proposed residential tower at 58-62 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point

Project rundown

  • Height: 20 Storeys / 108.6m AHD
  • Apartments: x40 two bedroom apartments, x58 three bedroom apartments (x98 total).
  • Lifts: x3 (lift to apartment ratio is 1:32.6)
  • Retail: No proposed retail at ground level
  • Communal Space: Entire Rooftop (812.3m2) (58%)
  • Car Parking: x175 spaces comprising 165 resident and 10 visitor spaces are proposed
  • Bike Parking: x110 total
  • Developer: Aria Property Group
  • Architect: Rothelowman
  • Landscape Architect: RPS Group
  • Town Planner: Saunders Havill Group
  • Sustainability: A range of sustainable design features including sky terraces which create natural ventilation, operable windows, layered facades and shade structures. A rooftop PV solar system and associated battery storage is anticipated to offset common area power usage for the residents. Rainwater capture is also planned which would be appropriately treated for sub-surface irrigation.

According to the development application, the aim of this project has been to deliver a landscaped and sub tropical built form to act as a catalyst project for future development in the Olympic Precinct.


B - Proposed Plans


Tell us what you think about this masterplan below in the comment box. The development application for this project, available to view on Brisbane City Council’s Developmenti online platform is A005990080.

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  1. Looks fantastic, great uplift for the area ,need a lot more as good a quality in this part of brisbane . Lot of good parking and bikes.

  2. So with 98 apartments and 254 bedrooms only 175 carspaces is required with 10 visitor spots?? What a joke as that will massively increase congestion and is an obvious brown paper bag payoff to someone. Also so much for preserving the prewar home there.

  3. 1) I do not see any passive cooling solutions, apart from shading from the balconies. It will be another building wasting energy on aircons and heating the surroundings
    2) Lack of retail space is a huge drawback – there are almost no cafes/shops in the Kangaroo Point area. Having a couple of coffee shops instead of huge lobby would be really beneficial to the area (especially so close to future metro station and the stadium)
    3) There is probably no need for such amount of parking given the metro station will be 2 mins away.

  4. Overall. Great. It’s interesting.

    Extraordinary and complimentary to Kangaroo Point’s setting.

    Questions about car parking spaces do have some merit and this should probably be increased to accommodate for at least 240 spaces.

    A painted top ceiling on the top of the building is different and I think it is admirable (to introduce on a high story building). I’m not sure that’s been done in Brisbane before.. I’d like to know more about the concept behind that.

    I think the roof terrace should be a private penthouse. Residents will just take-the-piss and not respect the space in the long run.. Why not just make more money from the development… Each apartment has its own balcony.. They don’t need a roof terrace! More housing, better for development.

    Sustainability wise, is there anything being done to capture rainwater?

    I only ask because it appears they’re proposing to have high intensity subtropical horticulture (dicksonias or cyatheas, various climbers etc). It might be indicative at this stage… Ok, fine! But if they want to create this beautiful ground level garden which seamlessly grows upwards, you need to have a rainwater capturing system in place (in the long run). That shouldn’t bode well with BNE planning. They’ll need irrigation on everyday for that. Which will be pricey and unsustainable in the long run.



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