Aria’s New Landmark for South Brisbane


Aria’s new 30 storey residential development in South Brisbane signifies the start of the area’s urban renewal.

DA SUBMITTED: Aria Property Group has submitted a proposal to build a new 30 storey residential building in South Brisbane. The landmark tower which is situated on 2-4 Edmondstone Street has been designed by a collaboration of Aria and Rothe Lowman who are renowned for designing unique residential buildings. (Images above by Aria and Rothe Lowman).

Current Site:

The site currently operates as two distinctly separate sites, which are occupied by commercial and industrial land uses. The site in its entirety comprises hard stand concrete and is devoid of any significant vegetation.

Proposed Development 

The proposal involves the development of a 30 storey mixed use tower, with a mix of retail, cafe and office tenancies at ground level, and residential apartments above. The building has been designed so that it provides a varied mix of housing options for the community, offering choice and variety for inner city living in close proximity to various public transport networks and key community, educational, commercial and retail facilities.

The inclusion of a mix of retail, café and office tenancies at ground level allows the building to maintain a strong street presence, casual surveillance to enhance the safety of the area, and integrate seamlessly into the existing public realm at ground level. This mix of public uses also allows the building to maintain a human scale and will encourage activity and vibrancy along Edmondstone Street.

The tower also features a four level vertical living green wall on the podium levels which is unlike anything in South Brisbane.

Summary of Development

  • Total Site Area: 1,800m²
  • Breakdown of Residential Apartments:
    • 150 x 1 bedroom units
    • 75 x 2 bedroom units
    • 50 dual key (3 bedroom units)
    • Total – 275 units
  • GFA: 36,981m²
  • Building Height: 30 stories
  • Front Setback Podium: built to boundary | Tower: minimum of 3.5m
  • Side Setbacks Podium: built to boundary | Tower: minimum of 3m 
  • Rear Setback Podium: 4.7m | Tower: minimum of 6m
  • Car Parking: 306 spaces

Key ESD Objectives

  • Maximized building landscaping for communal use by residents incorporating natural grass and garden beds.
  • Energy savings through efficient unit design.
  • The use of energy efficient lighting reducing energy use for lighting for a typical unit.
  • Low toxic internal finishes and materials to enhance occupant health and wellbeing.
  • Advanced cross flow ventilation design to allow some units to be naturally ventilated. These units benefit from corner positions, which maximize light and ventilation.
  • Resident recycling facilities to allow maximum recycling and reuse of waste/unwanted possessions.
  • Fixtures and fittings sourced from GECA certified company products
  • Indoor environment Quality – every unit enjoys external views to connect with outdoor environment
  • Water fixtures – all fixtures are high efficiency 4 star or better rated

The creation of a major new residential tower in Edmondstone Street has the potential to reinvigorate the area, stimulate further growth and development in accordance with the Neighbourhood Plan and set a benchmark for future development in the South Brisbane area.

The proposal is consistent with the SEQ Regional Plan intent and policies, particularly in respect to achieving infill development, promoting efficiency of land and being located in close proximity to existing infrastructure.

Information and images from the project DA (A003131140).


  1. Ugly. Looks like a 1980s Hilton.

    Come on Brisbane. South Bank / South Brisbane is for 5 to 10 story apartment blocks or offices with shops at the ground floor. Think Paris or Barcelona – not Birmingham.

  2. This proposal simply fails to consider the surrounding neighbourhood. A classic example of misguided development. The same kind of thinking brought us 1960s council blocks in London, widely regarded as the biggest architectural mistake London ever made.

  3. Interesting sculptural elements at street level, however, no amount of decoration can mask the bland modernism that comprises the entire shaft…we have moved away from these types of highrise, for good reason.

  4. Aria are ruining the potential of South Brisbane with their terrible buildings. I have been inside a few of the apartments and they are completely fake. Dig beyond the marketing and all you see is cheap finishes, cheap products, extremely poor unsustainable designs with no cross-ventilation, stupid “luxury” pools as if, as said above, this is 1980’s hilton (even though there is SOUTHBANK metres away). They are a disgrace.

  5. What? Are you guys THAT silly? I encourage EVERY developments over 15 floors to go ahead in Southbank especially this and other Aria towers. Southbank is one of the newest inner city hot spot with extremely lot of development opportunities.

    If EVERY single buildings proposed has been approved to build in South Bank and West End, it will revolutionise Brisbane skyline and Southbank will become a new City Centre with so many new buildings.

    Limiting Southbank’s chances to revolutionise will not only retard its local businesses but it will scar Brisbane severely due to its lack of developments to expand Brisbane CBD.

    Don’t take Fortitude Valley or its Showground Hill as an example, Brisbane needs to expand its CBD boundaries outward. Southbank is one area that is needed to be changed even more.

    I mean, look at how successful Melbourne South Bank and South Yarra has becoming so far. Give Southbank and South Brisbane a chance…

  6. This could not be less appropriate. It’s ugly, elitist and completely out of step with contemporary residential development. ‘Greed is good’ went out in the 80s.


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