Velocity Property Group and Plus Architecture have brought a new residential development to the sands of Palm Beach, which has made them feel confident that the bar for beachfront living has now been raised.
Their luxury creation, ‘One Palm Beach’, is made up of a collection of multi-million dollar apartments, giving those who can afford to buy at the top end of the market an opportunity to downsize their home in a location that suits a high-calibre lifestyle of sophistication and status.
One Palm Beach’s coastal location is veiled by Burleigh Heads and removed from the noise and hustle, resulting in a residential development that complements the natural beauty of the landscape and the subtropical climate.
Plus Architecture Director Danny Juric said the architecture “captures the essence of place, combining design and nature, to set a new benchmark for Palm Beach”.
The development will feature only 17 residences with two apartments per floor, limiting the residential opportunities but giving each apartment the gift of a spacious feel and panoramic views. Apartments from the third floor have views from the Pacific Ocean to the Gold Coast hinterland for example, and other apartments, ranging from three and four bedrooms, have uninterrupted 180 degree vistas that extend North to Surfers Paradise and South to Coolangatta. The full floor penthouse takes advantage its top floor elevation, boasting 360 degree views.
Plus Architecture admitted they did not allow ego get in the way of One Palm Beach’s design, opting to draw inspiration from the landscape to create the fundamentals rather than make something ostentatious. The firm said they endeavoured to create a set-piece within the landscape that sought to highlight, rather than detract from, the surrounding beauty of the shoreline setting.
“The building’s form and articulation is directly inspired by the context,” Juric said.
“The fluid forms are inspired by the motion of the waves and folding of the water, a fine balance of materiality and geometry that complements the environment.
“We designed One Palm Beach to not just feel like home, but to feel at home in its context.”
Inside the architect’s mind
The façade design seeks to provide unobstructed views, while also a level of elegant articulation. Glass balustrades wrap the building at each level, following the curves of the balconies, while featuring a subtle ‘wave’ façade pattern.
The design of the external screening further accentuates these patterns, while providing functional sun shading. The hinterland facing façade cascades down the building, with a series of private terraces, finding completion in a sculptural awning that gracefully balances above the pool area.
At ground level the attention to design continues, with the integration of entry and recreation spaces into both the building fabric and into the environment. Residents and their guests are greeted at the address by contextually appropriate landscaping and an entry arbour, whose geometries resonate with the building façade.
An integrated green wall continues along the procession to the entrance foyer, while lush planting provides intimacy to the outdoor lounge. The private beach access meanders past the exclusive yoga deck - consistent with the laid back lifestyle of Palm Beach.
“These spaces seek to create a harmonious dialogue with the coastal landscape and take advantage of the subtropical climate, while still maintaining privacy,” the architects said.
Plus Architecture sought to carry this principle into the design of the residences themselves.
“There is a soft transition from exterior to interior, encouraging seamless indoor/outdoor living.
“The generous private balconies and terraces serve to extend not only the main open-plan living spaces, but also the bedrooms and media rooms.”
Full height operable glass doors slide open to invite the outdoors in, while high ceilings and expansive glazing allow the resident to not only capture the expansive views, but also the cool sea breeze and maximise natural daylight.
The interior design of One Palm Beach has been considered to benefit those who don’t enjoy too much homely clutter or spending vast amounts of the day doing housework, instead seeking a more refined and maintenance-free lifestyle that does not sacrifice sophistication and comfort.
The developers said the design of bespoke joinery and the selection of premium fixtures, fittings and elegant finishes, are all required to give off this illusion.
One Palm Beach also provides additional creature comforts like a separate gourmet butler’s pantry to compliment the open plan kitchens and distinguish these residences as a place to call home.
Master bedrooms contain walk in robes and ensuite furnished with soaking tubs that have been positioned to capture the ocean views. Residents can rest easy knowing an opulent lifestyle at One Palm Beach is energy efficient, with linear floor plans that grant each living space and bedroom access to natural light and ventilation. Combined with the development’s solar and energy storage technology, this provides lower costs through energy consumption, for each residence.
Inspired by the natural beauty of the Queensland Coast, One Palm Beach has branded itself as a representation of sophistication and status for those who wish to exude such a lifestyle.
Images courtesy Velocity Property Group and Plus Architecture.