Aria Proposes First of Three New Towers for South Brisbane

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Architectural massing of Aria's new project at 164-190 Melbourne St, South Brisbane

Aria Property Group has submitted a development application for a new 17 storey residential tower located at 164-190 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane.

The proposal is the first of three towers being planned for the newly consolidated site, which Aria purchased from former Brisbane hairdresser owner Stefan in October 2019. The site in its entirety fronts Edmondstone, Melbourne and Manning Streets.

Designed by Bates Smart and Richards & Spence, the development has a distinct terracotta red brick podium as well as terracotta coloured pre cast concrete which would run up the entirety of the building’s external facade.

The red brick and terracotta design style of the proposal is synonymous of Aria’s recent project ‘Fish Lane Town Square’ which also features the terracotta style architecture.

Architectural rendering of Aria's new project at 164-190 Melbourne St, South Brisbane
Architectural rendering of Aria’s new project at 164-190 Melbourne St, South Brisbane
Architectural rendering of Aria's new project at 164-190 Melbourne St, South Brisbane
Architectural rendering of Aria’s new project at 164-190 Melbourne St, South Brisbane
Architectural rendering of Aria's new project at 164-190 Melbourne St, South Brisbane
Architectural rendering of Aria’s new project at 164-190 Melbourne St, South Brisbane

“33 Manning Street is a simple and elegant tower which takes best advantage of the opportunities afforded by its location, climate and scale to provide a distinctive lifestyle opportunity for Brisbane.”

– Bates Smart + Richards & Spence

An entire floor on level 1 has been dedicated to a 755m2 commercial gym tenancy.

A rooftop recreation deck is proposed which would include a pool, spa, private dining, bbq area, sunbeds, gardens and seating areas.

Architectural rendering of Aria's new project at 164-190 Melbourne St, South Brisbane
Architectural rendering of Aria’s new project at 164-190 Melbourne St, South Brisbane
Architectural rendering of Aria's new project at 164-190 Melbourne St, South Brisbane
Architectural rendering of Aria’s new project at 164-190 Melbourne St, South Brisbane

Due to the site being a significant development opportunity for South Brisbane due to its size, consolidated ownership, prominence on busy Melbourne Street as well as the designation within a 30 storey Principal Centre Zone precinct, Aria has been engaging with Council’s DesignSMART and Independent Design Advisory Panel (IDAP) over the last six months to master plan the development of the site.

Architectural rendering of Aria's new project at 164-190 Melbourne St, South Brisbane showing the podium level
Architectural rendering of Aria’s new project at 164-190 Melbourne St, South Brisbane showing the podium level

While ultimately integrated, this application represents Tower 1 of three. However Tower 1 will be doing the heavy lifting for the master plan, containing a number of elements beyond its needs that serve the balance of the site.

Project rundown:

  • Site Area: 4,562m2
  • Height: 17 Storeys / RL 72m
  • Apartments: x56 two bedroom apartments, x28 three bedroom apartments (x84 apartments total)
  • Lifts: x2 lifts (1:42 lift-apartment ratio)
  • Retail: No ground floor retail proposed in this stage
  • Communal Space: More than 525m2 is devoted to communal open space for resident recreation and relaxation
  • Car Parking: x406 spaces comprising x126 resident (1.5:1), x280 shared
    visitor/commercial/temporary commercial car park
  • Bike Parking: x83 spaces (1 per unit) plus x9 visitor spaces
  • Developer: Aria Property Group
  • Architect: Bates Smart and Richards & Spence
  • Landscape Design: RPS Group
  • Town Planner: Saunders Havill Group
  • Sustainability: Naturally ventilated corridors, subtropical landscaping and water-sensitive design, high performance low-e coat double glazing and a rooftop solar array for communal electricity consumption.

Plans

B - Proposed Plans - Part 1

 

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 A005974571.

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By 12 reviewer(s)

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    Tony

    Yuk Is this the best architects can come up with. Looks like a tall skinny hospital building.

    April 1, 2022

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    MAP

    Ugly, ugly, ugly. Looks like a 1980’s building moved from Melbourne to sunny sub-tropical Queensland. Out of place here.

    April 1, 2022

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    Andrew

    Bland and Boring.
    Straight out of 70/80’s public housing tower design book

    March 30, 2022

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    Joe

    Building looks satisfactory, I think the exterior adds some welcome variety to the area. Only wish all of South Brisbane/West End was zoned for these buildings so they weren’t bunched up so much.

    March 30, 2022

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    Jen Smith

    Looks pretty cozy. I like the colours and it is appropriate for the gentrification and densification of the area. Not every building has to be a statement piece and I think this one does the job well.

    March 29, 2022

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    Eileen

    Ugly building.

    March 29, 2022

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    Adjoing Resident

    The building is ugly and has no street appeal. the layout of the apartment look claustrophobic and un inviting. They are also pushing the height limit for the area again.

    Planning should only be for 12 stories. It is also detracting from the sky needle icon which is meant to be visible from all directions.

    March 29, 2022

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    Dhurva Davis

    I agree completely with the previous comments. Please don’t accept this proposal. It is mediocre at best! If it goes ahead it will be another 1970’s contribution to the skyscape – bland, no imagination and ugly to look at!

    March 28, 2022

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    Pacman

    THIS IS RUBBISH!!!!!!!

    March 28, 2022

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    Max

    What an ugly ugly building. What are they thinking?

    March 28, 2022

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