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Old April 25th, 2010, 04:31 PM   #1
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GOLD COAST | Thakral Budds Beach | 184m | 44 fl | 107m | 28 fl | Pro

GOLD COAST | Thakral Budds Beach | 184m | 44 fl | 107m | 28st | Prop

Originally Posted by Marty_ View Post
I thought I'd post this here, since it's already made its way into the national forum...


And here it is in context...

Blurb by the architects (KPF):

The Budds Beach Residential and Hotel Towers aims to create a lively “micro-town” for Budds Beach¬ on Australia’s Gold Coast. In contrast to the area’s gated developments, the mixed-use project establishes a public precinct designed to attract a diverse mix of residents and visitors.

With direct access to the Gold Coast Highway and proposed light-rail station, the site’s location makes it a logical nucleus of activity. The development is accessible to local beaches via a proposed pedestrian axis formed by upgrading existing streetscapes and building a footbridge that allows residents and visitors to cross Ferny Road without negotiating the highway at street level.

The design mediates between Budds Beach, a community of single-family homes to the east, and an area of existing and proposed luxury hotel and residential towers to the west. To unify these contrasting scales, the project’s 45-story hotel tower and 30-story residential tower each sits atop a low, landscaped podium. Folds in their glass, aluminum, and concrete façades visually reduce the scale of the development. Both buildings open onto a garden courtyard, a lush setting for bars, restaurants, and shops.

The hotel offers +/-280 keys situated below +/-200 one- to three-bedroom service apartments, most with water-facing balconies. The tower is conceived as a vertical resort, with swimming pools, spas, conference facilities, and sky gardens stacked above the ground plane.

The +/-110-unit residential tower is a private enclave with access to hotel amenities. The building sits within the required setbacks and the site design provides a landscaped buffer between Budds Beach and the tower.

As in the hotel, the residential units, which range from 150 to 170 square meters, have water views. The apartments offer cross ventilation, one of numerous sustainable strategies employed development-wide. The project calls for protective screens on the west façades, sustainable construction materials, and landscaping that minimizes water consumption.
Originally Posted by Oriolus View Post
I found the elevations in the DA (part 151-152) but unfortunately none of them are fully labelled with heights so we'll have to make do with scaling. And there was a cross section which shows there are less floors then it appears - even though the facde continues right to the top of the towers its just that - merely a facade. Keep in mind the cross section chops off the top of the fin on the tall tower. So I get 44st/184m and 28st/107m.


Also here is a close up version of the skyline view

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Old August 29th, 2010, 04:19 AM   #3
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Hasn't been much word on this development lately, however the website is still up and they're still after interest in the project. I expect if it's going to happen, it may take a few years. The Gold Coast Economy is still pretty shaken up (more so than most cities in the country) even though tourism is just about back where it was prior to the GFC.

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