JGL Appoints Bureau Proberts to Deliver Exclusive Riverfront Residences


JGL Properties has unveiled its latest venture, Thornton, an ultra-luxury residential tower at 11 Thornton Street in Brisbane's inner-city suburb of Kangaroo Point.

Award-winning architectural practice Bureau Proberts has amplified JGL’s brief to design “bespoke and highly-considered residences worthy of one of Kangaroo Point’s finest and last remaining riverfront sites” and deliver what will soon become a breathtaking addition to the river city skyline.

The premium riverfront residential development will feature just 12 full-floor residences, master-crafted to take full advantage of their unrepeatable location, with world-class unbroken panoramic views from South Bank through to the iconic Story Bridge.

Architect Liam Proberts approached the challenge with both a deep respect for the site and its unique characteristics and the developer’s vision of creating the most sought-after residences in Brisbane.

This mandate led to the decision to enlist the extraordinary collaboration of four creative visionaries.

“We have learnt to never underestimate the value of collaboration. From the very beginning of a project, we involve all key people in the design process. We believe the focus should not be on us as designers. The focus should be on the project or place we are all creating together.

“That’s the power of skilled collaboration—that artists are empowered to bring their unconventional response to the project and make it truly exceptional.”

JGL has called on gallerist and patron, Philip Bacon AM, celebrated artist Ralph Wilson and renowned chef and restaurateur Thierry Galichet to bring their unique skills and experience to elevating Thornton beyond the exceptional.

“Thornton transcends the body of work we have created in the practice for exceptional living spaces that contribute to the character of Brisbane,” Bureau Proberts founder Liam Proberts said.

“As the last piece of land right on the river, high above its surroundings, the Thornton residences take in the entire city reach with spectacular unbroken views.”

“Our architecture always draws from its context, and Thornton’s riverside location and unique northern aspect allowed us to design a truly unique response,” Proberts said.

“We felt that the residences needed to create a series of very liveable spaces that make the most of ‘Queenslandness’ and then combine to create a form and identity that is expressive of that quality for mid-21st century Brisbane.”

Once realised, the eye-catching luxury building set to overlook the city-side of the Kangaroo Point peninsula, will be wrapped in an insulated glass protective cloak that shields the building from the elements, but also allows residents to dramatically open up the facade.

“We have done this in a way that is reminiscent of giant louvres that allow cross flow ventilation through the living spaces,” Proberts said.

“We have modulated these openings to give a subtle sculptural quality that expresses the qualities of glass and responds to our climate.”

Proberts said the decision to use “fritted glass”, and as much as possible, would enhance resident’s access to both natural light and its fantastic aspect whilst still providing residents privacy and protection.

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