Exclusive: Joe Adsett reveals River Arc, Kangaroo Point apartment development

Adsett said to differentiate, they went with a lower density on the 1,186 sqm site, which would typically yield 75 apartments.
The proposed tower. Image supplied
Joel Robinson November 1, 20210 min read

The architect-turned developer, Joe Adsett, has submitted plans for his next South East Queensland residential apartment development.

Adsett, who secured a sell-out at his Rockpool, Rainbow Bay project earlier this year, has ventured to the affluent and tightly held waterfront of Kangaroo Point, where he's set to create a luxury $85 million, 15-level tower.

Named River Arc for its location on the curve of the Brisbane River at 44 O'Connell Street, the project will home just 14 luxe apartments, set on one of the last north-east facing, absolute riverfront development sites.

Adsett said to differentiate, they went with a lower density on the 1,186 sqm site, which would typically yield 75 apartments.

“As a practice specialising in luxury residential architecture, we have seen incredible growth in the Brisbane super prime residential market," Adsett said.

"We believe the market has quickly matured to the point it will accept a project of this nature and to that end we have readily chosen to under develop the site from its potential density to focus on a boutique one per floor offering.”

Each of the apartments will benefit from expansive river views and range in size from 300 sqm to 550 sqm. The exclusive development offers residents a unique opportunity to directly access the water via private moorings.

"The site is uniquely positioned on a north-eastern bend of the river and we designed the building to cantilever towards the river edge.

"The cantilever is achieved by our design of an external concrete structural veil, which integrates the wall and floors into one uniform structure. The structure is not only supporting the building; it also acts to create large column free spaces which open to the water. The structure also curves to create large eaves around the building which reduce the heat load on the glass and provide acoustic attenuation between the levels.

"In addition, it allows protection from driving rain and reduces wind gusts up the vertical face of the high rise. The design of the facade curves and arches to become an object of beauty in its own right, and in turn forms the iconic look of the building.

The riverfront is dedicated to an abundance of tiered landscaping and communal amenities, providing a sanctuary for residents whilst giving back to the river ecosystem. An existing mature Flooded Gum tree is maintained by the development, preserving the natural features of the site.

The site is set to benefit from a multitude of Brisbane’s future infrastructure investment with the anticipated Riverwalk extension from Mowbray Park, Kangaroo Point Green bridge, Cross River Rail precinct, Gabba redevelopment, and local ferry terminal upgrades.

Earlier this year the popular architect secured a sell-out of his first development on the Gold Coast, the luxury Rockpool at Rainbow Bay.

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and new developments across the country
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