‘Water wall’ residence in South Brisbane gets green light

The redevelopment of South Brisbane will reach new heights with the recent council approval of one-of-a-kind new apartments on Hope Street. The apartment building developed by Brisbane big-shots Aria Property Group will feature a 118-metre “water wall” flowing from the building’s rooftop down to the ground level.

Once built, this development will boast the tallest man-made waterfall in the world. The $150 million project will feature 216 residential apartments, a retail ground floor and an expansive rooftop space with sub-tropical landscaping and a 50-metre rooftop infinity pool which flows off into the water wall. The water wall has been designed by water feature specialists Wet Designs, in conjunction with the building’s architects Koichi Takada to maximise water efficiency, power efficiency and minimise spray to the surrounding paths. Rainwater is collected into a rooftop water tank and recirculated continuously for the 18 hours a day that the water wall will be in operation. It has been designed to utilise several glass panels, which extend the entire length of the building. The relatively small quantities of water will stick to the glass panels, which will produce the visual effect of a waterfall, without producing the excessive spray.

Aria Property Group 77 Hope Street Water Wall Building Exterior

Aria Property Group 77 Hope Street Water Wall Building Exterior. Render by Aria Property Group.

The proposal for this development was first submitted to the Brisbane City Council in April of 2017 and obtained final council approval in August of 2018. With construction expected to commence in 2019, it’s full steam ahead for the project with sales expected to launch before the end of the year.

As well as the water wall, the new apartments on Hope Street will also have hanging gardens, overflowing planers and green walls integrated into the building across every single level. 130% of the total site area will be recouped in vertical green space and rooftop landscaping. In terms of other facilities, there’s plenty more to do than just watch the plants grow and stare at the waterfall. This development will also feature a gym, yoga room, private dining room, BBQ and lounge area, a wine cellar, a library and two Tesla cars to use free of charge (which will form a part of the body corporate).

Aria Property Group 77 Hope Street Water Wall Building Rooftop

Aria Property Group 77 Hope Street Water Wall Building Rooftop. Render by Aria Property Group.

It’s been hailed as the “missing piece” for the Fish Lane precinct, with a 1500 square metre green park to be developed in conjunction with the building. Playing into the “inner-city rainforest” vibe that Aria has really focused on for this development, the park will be the largest public park within the inner-city region to be created within the last two decades.

Aria Property Group 77 Hope Street Water Wall Building Ground Floor

Aria Property Group 77 Hope Street Water Wall Building Ground Floor

Aria Property Group are no strangers to the South Brisbane area, with two other developments currently proposed for the suburb on Manning Street and Jane Street. In 2017, Aria Property Group also completed The Melbourne Residences which was awarded the UDIA award for Best High-Density Development in Australia. They also completed Oxley + Stirling Residences in 2018 and were the key developers of the entire Fish Lane retail precinct.

Written: 4 September 2018, Updated: 21 January 2019

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