Apartment development to integrate Queensland's oldest Banyan Fig tree

Apartment development to integrate Queensland's oldest Banyan Fig tree
Apartment development to integrate Queensland's oldest Banyan Fig tree

Queensland's oldest Banyan Fig tree will be part of a new residential development in Brisbane's Cleveland Point.

The development is to feature 33 apartments integrated with the heritage-listed tree and is designed by architecture firm The Buchan Group.

Gerry Holmes, director, The Buchan Group director said Banyan Fig tree on site has a 12-metre trunk with an extensive root system underneath, so it was important for us to develop a design that would not impact the tree, both now and in the future," he said.

Apartment development to integrate Queensland's oldest Banyan Fig tree

“The building has been significantly set back from the streetscape to provide a buffer between the tree and the apartments and to ensure a generous landscaped area adjacent to North Street’s pedestrian link.

“This also creates an enjoyable space to be used by residents and visitors, while also showcasing the Banyan Tree.

“The design pays tribute to the surrounding urban, historical and coastal context of the area, whilst enhancing the visual amenity of the site for residents, visitors and the local community.

Apartment development to integrate Queensland's oldest Banyan Fig tree

“The upper floor of the complex is terraced to soften the building’s impact from the street. This design strategy reduces the visual bulk of the building and also allows the project to sit comfortably in the surrounding landscape."

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