New Tower Embraces Coastal Character On Chevron Island


Cardno and architectural firm Ellivo plan to deliver a new high rise residential development in the heart of Surfers Paradise for the Dennis Family, who were extremely pleased to yesterday learn their Chevron Island development had been successfully approved by the City of Gold Coast.

Located at 25-29 Mawarra Street, Chevron Island, the proposed building will reach 22 storeys and consist of 105 unit dwellings. The dwellings will range from one, two and three bedroom units, providing units that offer a total of 209 bedrooms.

Specifically, the units climbing the tower will consist of:

  • 15 one bedroom units
  • 75 two bedroom units
  • 12 three bedroom units


The architects have also taken other means of transport into consideration by including 117 spaces (101 spaces for residents and 16 visitor spaces) for bicycles.

The project, in total, would take up an area of 1,517 square metres with a gross floor area of 14,615 square metres.

According to the development application, the 25-29 Mawarra Street tower’s roof will not go to waste. Cardno’s development report proposed a communal open space within the rooftop terrace which would provide 505 square metres of recreational space. The space would provide a range of passive or active uses including a barbeque area, pool and deck lounges, yoga lawn, spa, terrace and outdoor cinema or private grassed areas to be used a quiet retreat. With nothing directly outlined for the rooftop space, the only limit to its uses is the imagination.

The building’s terrace units, true to their name, will also have their own private open space, with balconies or ground floor space which will be located off the main living area of each unit. The terrace unit’s private spaces will range from 14 square metres to 69 square metres and will be dictated by the unit’s typology, according to the development proposal.
Mawarra Street’s island location
Bordered by the Nerang River, Chevron Island provides a unique opportunity for a new development to experience an almost paradoxical mix of seclusion and commercial connectivity. The river provides a natural barrier to the Gold Coast’s major CBD activity, however it is connected to the action by a commercial strip along Thomas Drive which transects through the centre.


The road provides access to Molendinar and Bundall to the west and Surfers Paradise to the east. From Chevron Island, the Gold Coast airport, highway and Cyprus light rail station are all within easy access.
Ellivo’s architectural statement
“The Mawarra Street development is located in the heart of Chevron Island, bounded by the city of the Gold Coast and the Nerang River and includes 105, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Its built form embraces its context, referencing the strong materiality and character of Surfers Paradise and natural costal environment of South East Queensland.

The consequence of such an influential built form and natural context is a building that strongly responds to its surrounds through a series of connected spaces, edges and facades that all look to embrace the views of the coastline.

The first opportunity to connect with the active public realm is the ground plane, where the sculpted façades capture the human scale at its base – strongly anchoring the building to its bounding streets. This connection is embraced through three terrace homes located along the Dalpura Street frontage.


The strong base forming the podium façade transitions through the corner and continues to bound the Mawarra street façade; constructed from a series of intricately sculpted concrete panels and vertical screens defining a transitional edge condition that carefully and deliberately unites the built form of the tower above with the public realm below.

The dynamic podium facade changes with the light, undulating and transforming in scale, colour and shape through each hour of the day. This dynamic form embraces solid geometric materials that push and pull to articulate the streetscape, offering a strong character rich in contrast and sympathetic with its surrounding environment.

Moving up the tower form, the strong horizontal banding of each level is contrasted by a clean expression of glass and aluminium forming a building canopy that is embraced through vertical spines of structure. The tower form then transitions at its zenith, where a distinctive change in floor plate design reconfigures the upper most levels to deliberately contrast with the tower form below, heightening the experience of the building at its zenith.”

25-29 Mawarra Street, Chevron Island has been approved by the City of Gold Coast and will begin construction in early 2018.


Images courtesy 25-29 Mawarra Street, Chevron Island development application by Ellivo architects.

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