Acclaimed Architect Kengo Kuma to Design His First Brisbane Residential Project in West End

Property developer Crown Group has picked Kengo Kuma, a world-renowned architect, for its latest residential project in West End and he will design his very first residential urban resort in Brisbane, which will be unveiled in 2021. 

Kengo Kuma & Associates will also collaborate with Plus Architecture for this $500 million development that will elevate the aesthetic and lifestyle of the burgeoning suburb. 

The site is on 117 Victoria Street, a 1.25-hectare premier waterfront. It’s deemed as Mr Kuma’s largest residential design, which will feature a mix of terrace homes, apartments and penthouses and take advantage of the breathtaking views of the Brisbane River and the city’s skyline.

The residential facility will also include heaps of recreational areas such as a pool and poolside barbecue, communal room, a gym and spacious gardens.

Mr Kuma is most noted for designing the Bamboo Wall House in China, the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy Group’s Japan headquarters, Tokyo’s Suntory Museum of Art and Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium for the 2021 global event. He is known for his expert incorporaton of natural elements in his contemporary urban designs. 

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The Japanese architect praised Brisbane as a “very beautiful city with rich culture and natural heritage” and he plans to come up with a design that will embrace the locals’ strong connection with nature. 

He said that a large part of this residential project will provide a space for residents to relish “the views, sounds, and atmosphere of this beautiful river.”

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Crown Group‘s director Trent McLauchlan targets the submission of the development application by mid-2021, saying this will be “a new benchmark for residential living” in Brisbane. 

Crown Group To Launch First West End Development Project in 2021

Australian property developer, Crown Group, has opened a new office in Brisbane ahead of the group’s 2021 launch of their first West End development.

Crown Group announces its first project in Queensland

Crown Group said that the future West End development on 1.25ha of prime waterfront land situated at 117 Victoria Street will feature luxury apartments with a mix of terraces homes through to four-bedroom penthouses. Many of these apartments will offer river and city skyline views

Crown Group’ will also incorporate its signature resort-style facilities including a 25m pool, cabana and poolside lounges, barbecue facilities, gym, community room and breakout spaces.

Why did Crown Group choose Brisbane?

Development Director Trent McLauchlan, who came to Crown Group earlier this year, said that Brisbane is already set to reap the benefits of its major infrastructure and tourism projects including the $2 billion Queens Wharf development, Howard Smith Wharves, Cross River Rail, and Brisbane Airport’s new runway.

“Brisbane was set for a surge in property activity in early 2020 and since then housing data has shown the city is set to have the strongest recovery in Australia from COVID’s impact,” Mr McLauchlan said.

He furthered that based on indicators, Brisbane is set to return to a state of housing undersupply that will result in apartment prices pushing up. When conditions start to normalise, he expects demand to rise as interstate buyers start to come back and take advantage of the low interest rates, and as foreign buyers also take advantage of the strong exchange rate.

He said West End was chosen after much due diligence because it is one of Brisbane’s fastest growing suburbs with the population expected to grow more than four per cent each year.

“Its accessibility to the city as well as to cultural attractions including Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art and the Boundary Street spine as well as recreational drawcards such as Southbank and the river promenade make it highly appealing in terms of liveability.”

“All indicators point to growth ahead in West End and we expect that this luxurious riverfront sub-tropical escape will sell fast.”