Aria Proposes Jaw Dropping Design For New Manning Street Tower

Artist's impression of Aria's proposed 15 Manning Street development in South Brisbane
Artist's impression of Aria's proposed 15 Manning Street development in South Brisbane

Brisbane-based Aria Property Group has unveiled a jaw dropping design for their latest residential development which takes apartment living to a whole new level.

In what is arguably a much better outcome for South Brisbane for both design and amenity, the former owner Metro Property Group sold the $20 million site to Aria for $13 million, a 35% discount from what Metro Property originally paid in 2015.

Known in the DA documents as ‘Manning Street Apartments’, the proposal at 15 Manning Street, South Brisbane, is for a cylindrical shaped 30 storey residential tower, consisting of of 261 apartments across 24 residential levels.

Artist's impression of Aria's proposed 15 Manning Street tower in South Brisbane
Artist’s impression of Aria’s proposed 15 Manning Street tower in South Brisbane

Designed by Architecture Firm Woods Bagot, the proposal features Australia’s largest green wall, an extension of Fish Lane, active transport inclusions and the largest recreation space in Australia for a building of its size.

Development Rundown

  • 1B1B – x46 Apartments
  • 2B1B – x72 Apartments
  • 2B2B – x94 Apartments
  • 3B2B – x49 Apartments
  • 261 Apartments total
  • x417 bike spaces (x74 visitor)
  • 314 car parking spaces (x13 visitor)
  • x2 Tesla car share cars (x3 additional for public use)
Artist's impression of Aria's proposed 15 Manning Street development in South Brisbane
Artist’s impression of Aria’s proposed 15 Manning Street development in South Brisbane

Design Approach

A circular theme has been adopted across the whole development. According to the development application, the podium facade has been designed to peel open, revealing an extension of Fish Lane into the site.

The facade is made up of cylindrical terracotta-look pipes interspersed with vertical greenery and lighting to create a sculptural and striking base. Landscaping cascades from the top of the podium down the face between the pipes, to create a woven pattern.

The tower comprises four cylindrical forms bundled into a singular tower, capped with an iconic crown profile that appears like a chandelier in the city skyline.

Artist's impression of Aria's proposed 15 Manning Street tower in South Brisbane
Artist’s impression of Aria’s proposed 15 Manning Street tower in South Brisbane

Australia’s Largest Greenwall

Designed by Form Landscape Architects, the podium parking levels are screened by Australia’s largest living green wall intertwined with more than 150 oversized terracotta and metal pipes resembling a bespoke chandelier within the urban realm.

Smaller green walls and water features are also incorporated into the main lobby and recreation levels to provide a cooling effect for users

Artist's impression of Aria's proposed 15 Manning Street development in South Brisbane
Artist’s impression of Aria’s proposed 15 Manning Street development in South Brisbane

Maintenance of Subtropical Greenery

The developer, Aria retains ownership of all management rights and as such are solely responsible for the long-term maintenance and upkeep of the buildings and all landscaped areas.

The proposed living green wall systems have been successfully installed on multiple Aria projects in South Brisbane and watering, maintenance and lighting has been considered from the outset.

Public art is also a major component of the Fish Lane collaboration between BCC and Aria with over 20 pieces of laneway public art delivered by Aria in the last twelve months. Block 4 will be delivered before this site is completed and this will include new ground plane treatments, wall murals and festoon lighting.

Fish Lane Extension

The development application proposes to essentially extend Fish Lane beyond its current length and take the laneway into the site itself through a ground level retail experience which features a sculptural and artistic architectural statement at the end of the laneway.

Two retail tenancies are proposed for the ground level. Retail A activates the front of the building along Manning Street with retail outlet B activating the extended Fish Lane which runs down into the back of the development.

Deep planting to the rear of the site is embraced by the retail tenancy to create a “secret garden” of lush landscaping and intimate seating pods.

Activation of Manning Street and Fish Lane is a concept that has been incorporated into every aspect of the design, from the expansive and open retail entrance to the site at the Fish Lane/Manning Street intersection to the careful location of a 24/7 gymnasium and yoga facilities at the top of the podium, overlooking the street.

Resident Recreation Space

Level 6 recreation area:

  • Cinema garden pods
  • Yoga lawn/seating area
  • Sauna
  • Plunge pool
  • Reflective garden pods
  • Spa
  • Outdoor shower
  • Walking paths
  • Treatment room
  • Off-leash dog area
  • Seating niches
  • Drinking station
  • Reading/chill garden lounges

The podium level also includes a large fitness centre, resident’s theatre, kid’s play zone and 200 metre walking/running track that circles the building.

Rooftop recreation area:

Proposed rooftop recreation amenity of 15 Manning Street, South Brisbane with pool, walking track
Proposed rooftop recreation amenity of 15 Manning Street, South Brisbane

The amenity levels which are referred to in the development application as ‘sky terraces’ aim to encourage social interaction between neighbours and allow all residents access to city views, open space and sunlight.

  • Communal terrace/resident’s bar
  • Garden pods
  • Sunken lounges
  • BBQ facilities
  • Residents dining
  • Garden pod breakout spaces for dining/cinema
  • Lawn terrace
  • Day beds
  • Wading pool
  • Outdoor shower
  • Plunge pools
  • Shallow water sunlounges
  • Garden room
  • Water features and green walls

The rooftop’s main pool is a 25 metre infinity edge pool. This deck also features a wine bar, outdoor dining and intimate relaxation nooks and sun lounges within a mature subtropical landscape.

The proposed communal recreation areas have an overall area of 2,629sqm, which comprises a substantial 139% of the overall site area (1,890sqm).

Proposed rooftop pool as part of Aria's 15 Manning Street, South Brisbane development
Proposed rooftop pool as part of Aria’s 15 Manning Street, South Brisbane development

This proposed recreation areas dramatically exceeds Council’s 5% minimum requirement and equates to an additional 10.1sqm recreation area for each unit. This brings the average private and communal recreation area accessible to all units up to 22.1sqm per unit, which is considered substantial.

Stacked diagram of 15 Manning Street residential amenities
Stacked diagram of 15 Manning Street residential amenities

Active Transport

Proposed car sharing scheme in 15 Manning Street, South Brisbane
Proposed car sharing scheme within 15 Manning Street, South Brisbane

Along with the 491 resident and visitor bike spaces, the development will take advantage of the fast growing trend of car sharing. The building will feature two Tesla electric cars which will be held in body corporate ownership for booking and use by any residents who wish to utilise the scheme.

In addition, three car hire vehicles which is to be maintained and managed by a third-party operator will be made available to the residents, guests, retail patrons and the general public travelling to and from the site or to surrounding areas.

Floor Plans

39 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane

Meanwhile Aria Property Group has also submitted a development application to restore the former prominent corner facing Queensland National Bank (QN Bank) which is a heritage building built in the 1880’s on the corner of Melbourne and Grey Streets.

The plans detailed in the submission indicate that the building’s new classical style architecture will be restored and the building opened back up to the public as a two storey restaurant and dining venue.

According to the recently released South East Queensland Regional Plan 2017, Brisbane is required to accomodate 60% of South East Queensland’s new dwellings which equates to 188,200 new dwellings to be located within the Brisbane local government area catchment by 2041, or approximately 7,841 new dwellings per year.

The development application number for this development is A004749247.

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