KS Property, in collaboration with renowned Japanese architect Koichi Takada, is poised to redefine the Brisbane CBD skyline with the unveiling of plans for an awe-inspiring 71-level residential tower at 25 Mary Street. This monumental 265m high structure, nearing Brisbane’s height limit, replaces a previous BVN-designed commercial tower proposal.
Headed by James and John Kaias, with James serving as the director of the Melbourne-based family-owned Abcor Engineering, KS Property envisions a transformative project consisting of 527 one, two, three, and four-bedroom apartments. These residential units will span across eight basement levels and five podium levels, housing a total of 469 car parking spaces and 508 bicycle spaces.
This proposal includes the following development outcomes:
- Development of a 71-storey, comprising 527 apartments with a mix of 1 to 4 bedroom products;
- 8 basement levels and 5 podium levels, catering for both resident and visitor parking requirements;
- Activation of Mary Street through the delivery of active uses, in conjunction with the creation of visual interest through high-quality built form and landscaping responses;
- The provision of several generously landscaped communal outdoor and recreational levels, providing additional opportunities for access to outdoor open space for residents beyond individual balconies;
- Public art components added to the soffits of elevated gardens to provide for further visual intrigue;
- The establishment of an integrated podium at the rear of the tower which includes apartments and a multi-purpose hall, to be owned and used by the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation; and
- Consolidated access (via Mary Street) and parking arrangements between the new residential tower and the ancillary facilities for the Brisbane Synagogue.
Situated on a 2,736 sqm sloping block across 25 Mary Street and 98 and 98A Margaret Street, the project boasts proximity to the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and Queens Wharf Brisbane. The tower will wrap around the Brisbane Synagogue facing Margaret Street, a prominent religious building in central Brisbane. The existing Synagogue will be retained, protected and enhanced as part of the redevelopment on the site.
According to the planning proposal, the redesigned plans for the 71-level residential tower at 25 Mary Street omit the cross-block link connecting Mary and Margaret Streets, originally proposed in a previous design. The decision to eliminate this feature comes in response to the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation’s withdrawal of support, citing heightened safety and security concerns amidst recent increases in antisemitic behaviour.
Architected by Koichi Takada, renowned for seamlessly merging nature with architecture, the design promises an unparalleled experience of nature in the sky. The Urban Design Report submitted to the Brisbane City Council emphasizes the building’s intent to become a unique landmark with curved elevated urban parks, contributing positively to Brisbane’s evolving skyline.
Takada envisions the tower as an exemplar of subtropical design, stating,
“The tower will contribute positively to the rapidly evolving Brisbane city skyline as an exemplar of subtropical tower design. The permeable built form permits breezes and visually connects occupants to their surroundings with core, service and wet areas located near the centre of the plan and living areas and bedrooms to the perimeter”
One distinctive feature of the proposal is over 7,000m2 of communal space spread across several recreation levels, offering a blend of wellness, fitness, and leisure facilities. Levels 5, 6, 7, 23, 39 and 66 include yoga terraces, saunas, spa treatment pools, a variety of pools, communal terraces, lounges, BBQ areas, and much more. The project will also feature modern residential apartment tower amenities such as a business centre, a library, pet exercise and spa zone, bookable dining rooms and private personal training room. LatStudios have provided a Landscaping report as part of the assessment alongside Koichi Takada’s architectural design scape.
Takada highlighted the thoughtfully designed recreation levels, stating,
“The recreation levels incorporate a variety of sheltered and shaded seating areas and communal open spaces. These spaces have all been carefully designed with consideration of visual impact from the street, including lighting and feature artwork to the soffits.”
Setting ambitious sustainability goals, the project aims to achieve a 5 Star Green Star residential rating, marking a significant milestone for tall buildings in Brisbane. An additional highlight is the incorporation of a tropical forest in the lower podium section, featuring hanging gardens and a striking timber ‘waterfall,’ creating an inviting entrance space for all occupants.
This ambitious venture represents a transformative step forward in Brisbane’s urban landscape, blending innovative design, sustainable living, and community-centric spaces to create a landmark that promises to shape the city’s future skyline. Demolition has begun on the site, which was secured in the previous approval for the BVN designed commercial tower.
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