New 80 Storey Skyscraper Proposed for 171 Edward Street

Artist's impression
Artist's impression

Brisbane-based Aria Property Group has proposed it’s first residential tower in the Brisbane CBD, located at 171 Elizabeth Street.

Soaring 80 storeys high, the new tower is planned for the corner of Elizabeth and Edward Streets, which currently the site of several luxury retail boutiques including Hermes, The Hour Glass, MaxMara, Mont Blanc and Ermenegildo Zegna.

Artist’s impression

The proposed development is for an 80 storey building, comprising a 4 storey podium and 76 storey tower above or 274m AHD.

The development proposes 653 units throughout the tower and 1,950m2 non-residential Gross Floor Area (GFA) with retail and commercial tenancies at the ground and podium levels.

Artist’s impression from Elizabeth Street


  • Designed by RotheLowman
  • Reaches Brisbane’s current maximum height (274m AHD) due to Brisbane Airport radar shadowing issue
  • Includes residential apartments, retail and bar uses
  • 4 luxury retail tenancies over 2 levels (ground and mezzanine levels)
  • Includes level 4 & 5 recreation deck:
    • Lap pool
    • Kitchen BBQ and bar
    • Dining
    • Green walls & courtyard
    • Gym
    • Yoga studio
    • Games room
  • 6 level basement car stacker and 7 level podium car stacker system planned (384 car spaces)
  • 377 bicycle spaces
  • 319 x 1 bedroom apartments
  • 334 x 2 bedroom apartments
  • (653 apartments total)
Ground level
Level 4 recreation deck
Level 4 recreation deck

Architectural Report

An Architectural Report has been prepared by RotheLowman, outlining the philosophy behind the proposed building design. Key elements of the report are summarised below:

  • The completed project will leave a captivating and long last legacy for Brisbane CBD that will set a new benchmark of architectural excellence and design ingenuity.
  • The proposal will activate the street frontages to reinforce the high-end retail presence along Edward and Elizabeth Streets.
  • The design concept is to reinforce the slender nature of the tower proportions through the refinement of a simple, singular and organic form that is contextually responsive.
  • A key aspect of the design is the floating effect created through the shadowline break between the tower and podium forms.
  • The peeling of the gold leaf elements respond to wind engineering objectives that create a ‘roughening’ effect on diametrically opposed corners. As a counterbalance to the roughed edges, the opposite corners have smooth curtain wall glazing. The peeling away of the corners provides opportunities for maximising views from corner balconies, wintergardens and living spaces.


Landscaping and Streetscape

  • Streetscape works along Edward Street are proposed to match the Edward Street upgrade concept, and includes pavement crossing, runway pavement, active edge pavement consistent with the upgrade. Both frontages of the site are also to include architectural street trees and seating.
  • Podium planting is proposed at the level 3 terrace and throughout the level 4 communal recreation deck. Landscaping has been incorporated throughout the recreational facilities available on the level 4 deck, and includes a substantial green courtyard, “reading rainforest rooms”, planting around columns, undercroft podium planting and climbers over the architectural structures overhanging the proposed lap pool.
  • Green walls are proposed along the northern side boundary of the site (adjacent to the lap pool at the level 4 recreational deck), and throughout the podium façade at the Elizabeth Street and Edward Street elevations of the building.
Lanscape illustration
Streetscape illustration

The proposal comes just after the Brisbane City Council’s announcement for a $11 million upgrade to Edward Street which aims to create an internationally renowned luxury high street.

Elevation diagram

All images supplied by PDOnline. The DA number for this development is A004280600.


  1. Brisbane doesn’t need more glass and steel skyscrapers that would never be allowed to be built that close to each other elsewhere. How many more does the city need? Who buys them? What does this mean for the average resident and their ability to afford housing when overseas money continues to pour into these developments, pushing average prices up, along with rents? Brisbane is not NYC and by all means, does not and will never have the economic power to justify these types of developments. New World City is synonymous for “Let’s build a thousand skyscrapers as it will fuel the economy, at least during construction. Doesn’t matter the lifestyle, affordability and long-term vision.”