World class team combine to design $250m Masthead Ocean Club

Masthead has all approvals in place and construction is anticipated to commence in the coming months with completion scheduled for 2025
World class team combine to design $250m Masthead Ocean Club
The views over Main Beach from Masthead. Image supplied
Alison Warters April 20, 2023

The Masthead Ocean Club is set to redefine coastal living in Australia in a creative collaboration between industry leaders formed to deliver an exclusive lifestyle proposition, global in scale and ambition.

Designed by an internationally-renowned team, the Masthead Ocean Club is expected to appeal to the most discerning buyers, with a collection of only 28 whole floor apartments available. These will include a quad-level super penthouse, two dual level sky homes, five sky residences, and 20 further residences, all offering sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Broadwater, and Hinterland.

Each whole floor apartment will provide 317 sqm of living space, with picturesque views from every room, private direct and secure lift access, double garaging, luxury interior design, and state-of-the-art technology. 

Rory O’Brien, one of the developers of the project, said the creative skills of BDA Architects harnessed with Banda Design London and Melbourne's Mim Design have produced a balance of quality, subtlety, and design excellence.

“The results are world-class and truly spectacular; it has to be seen to be believed,” O’Brien said.

Principal of Mim Design, Miriam (Mim) Fanning and Edo Mapelli Mozzi of UK-based Banda Design Studio, who both possess a longstanding working relationship with O’Brien, were invited to design Masthead’s luxury apartments and shared amenities, which includes the private residents ‘Ocean Club’.

Mim Design has planned each single-level apartment to maximise view corridors of sunrise views over the pacific and sunset views across the hinterland.

When asked about developing a signature language for Masthead’s apartments, design associate of Mim Design Stephen Tieppo said they were inspired by the nearby Southport Yacht Club and superyacht marina, evoking imagery of smooth, streamlined forms, billowing sails and seamless detailing.

“Each detail was carefully considered and customised, similar to the curated design of a luxury yacht,” Tieppo said. 

BDA Architecture – who designed the tower’s exterior – have also referenced the luxury yachts dotted along Main Beach to create a one-of-a-kind building unrivalled on the Gold Coast.

A highly articulated facade of white concrete forms and subtly curved blade walls creates a linear expression, with a well-proportioned podium lifting the mass of the building from the ground plane.

Mim Design folded the architecture’s fluted wall panelling and honed crazy paving into the entry lobby, creating an internal courtyard of sorts contrasted by a striking, double-height wall of ocean-green marble.

Banda Design Studio, which are designing Masthead Ocean Club’s five sky residences, two sky homes and one super penthouse, have also ensured the design was relevant to its surroundings, with Head of Banda, Edo Mapelli Mozzi saying context is everything. 

“It’s not just the culture of the Gold Coast but the uniqueness of the surroundings that had a huge influence on our design," Mozzi said. 

“The East/West axis of the building gives views over the sea, city, hinterland and estuary – four very different topographies – so more than ever the design needed to be relevant to the surroundings.”

Banda designed the kitchen island with a bold, fluidly veined, green sequoia Verde marble that speaks as one with the hinterland and the sea views beyond, whilst the rest of the kitchen is very understated and pared back with travertine and plaster so as not to jostle for supremacy with the views.

The colour palette of the powder room is an unexpected addition to the design that pays homage to the red tones of central Australia. The vanity unit is clad in travertine rossa with a plaster tadelakt in deep burgundy.

“It’s fun and playful, and totally unexpected,” Mozzi added. 

Masthead has all approvals in place and construction is anticipated to commence in the coming months with completion scheduled for 2025.

Alison Warters

Alison Warters is a property journalist for Urban, based in Sydney. Alison is especially interested in the evolution of the New Build/Development space, when it comes to design innovation and sustainability.

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