A development application has been submitted for a new 81 storey residential tower known as No.1 Brisbane.
Located on the corner of George & Queen Street, the proposal represents the first Australian residential apartment building to be situated directly on a CBD shopping strip and would feature views over the Treasury Building towards the future Queen’s Wharf IRD.
Designed by Blight Rayner Architecture, the applicant behind this proposal is 151 Property Core Plus Management Limited on behalf of The Trust Company Limited who are the owners of the current commercial buildings on site at 231 George Street and 52 Queen Street.
According to the development application, the building aims to be a ‘breathable’ green ‘vertical city’ of self contained communities.
No.1 Brisbane is another tower that scrapes Brisbane’s artificial maximum height limit of 274.3m AHD. An ongoing CASA restriction due to a Brisbane Airport radar location issue means that new residential towers in Brisbane’s CBD can only be built up to this height.
The tower consists of 534 residential apartments with the following configuration:
- x120 One bedroom apartments
- x284 Two bedroom apartments
- x108 Three bedroom apartments
- x20 Four bedroom apartments
- x2 Penthouses
No.1 Brisbane’s outdoor spaces vary in scale and volume from top to bottom. They include:
- A new cross block link
- Eroded ground plan spaces for rest, shade and landscape
- A podium designed as the ‘great verandah’ with various public opportunities to occupy behind a facade system that allows indoor and outdoor spaces
- Top of podium landscaped and retail spaces
- Recreation facilities that provide sky terraces
- Balconies to apartments up to level 30 and pop out windows controlling the environmental conditions from level 35 up
Retail & Podium
The podium is designed as a fully active street building with a series of connected retail spaces. The proposed plan allows the public to move not only across the site but also up through the site via a series of voids and escalations culminating at the landscaped podium top.
The proposed scale aligns with the adjoining heritage building to continue the Queen Street scale. A light filled laneway connecting Burnett Lane to Queen Street will reveal the neighbouring heritage building’s corner and side boundary historic brick wall.
All podium levels will comprise of retail, food and beverage uses to activate the edge and increase the depth of Queen Street Mall.
The podium design provides for increased connectivity, permeability and activation of Burnett Lane, through the provision of the public laneway arcade through the site connecting Queen Street Mall and Burnett Lane as well as the continuation of uses unique to a laneway setting including boutique urban cafes, bars and galleries.
The podium also intends to incorporate a number of public outdoor, recreational spaces, including the prominent ‘Great Verandah’ that visually connects the proposed podium with the surrounding public realm, including the Queen Street Mall, Reddacliff Place and South Bank.
Recreational Areas & Floor Plates
Proposed recreation space is located throughout the tower in order to maximise accessibility to all residents.
The recreational spaces will provide communal facilities including BBQ areas, Function and Media Rooms, Gym facilities and Pool areas to further facilitate the concept of a Vertical City, comprising an overall floor area of 4,470m2.
The DA number for this development is A004673366.