The Gold Coast City Council has granted a planning permit for a $200 million, six-star residential development on Wharf Road, developed by Golden Gate Property Group and designed by Rothelowman.
The proposed tower, which neighbours the $1 billion, three-tower, “Jewel” development, was unveiled earlier this year, and marketed as one of the most slender towers in the world, standing at 165-metres high and only 12-metres wide.
The slender width of the building was made possible by the use of parametric design, which allowed the 12-metre-wide tower to meet structural engineering requirements. Golden Gate Property Group director David Whiteman said the tower was exactly tailored to its environment, so much so that it couldn’t exist in any other place.
“This is an example of collaborative and creative innovation and the fusion of architecture and wind engineering to create a design that is uniquely crafted to its context,” he said.
Comprising 35 full-floor sky residences, spanning 346 to 414 square metres, the tower is crowned by a two-storey sub-penthouse and a three-storey penthouse with panoramic views.
The podium levels accommodate a residents-only wellness facility and spa along with a 450 square metre stand-alone beach house directly adjoining the sand.
Rothelowman associate principal Jonothan Cowle the project is a reimagining of the pencil-thin residential tower and has been crafted in response to the demands of wind conditions.
“If we had undertaken a conventional approach to designing this tower, we would never have achieved the height, passive environmental performance or material optimisation presented in the design,” Cowle said.
“From a parametric design perspective, our process involved capitalising on an articulation zone within the planning scheme that enabled us to move what would have been a traditional inboard structure to the building’s exterior.
“We were able to provide highly articulated ‘beach-houses in the sky’ with stunning views and wonderful cross ventilation while ensuring the developer received a viable design.”
The development faced serious backlash from the Gold Coast community, with Surfers Paradise residents lobbying council to trash the project prior to the decision. Locals were unhappy with the tower’s height, saying it would cast shadows and greatly increase the area’s density.
Despite the protests, the building will ultimately move on to the next stage of development with council approval as wind in their sails.