Urban design and architecture working together to solve the unsolvable.
Archipelago was engaged in August 2015 to assist with a development application for a significant mixed use tower in the heart of Surfers Paradise, the Gold Coast’s premier tourist strip. Working quickly we developed a new concept for the building, strategically reorganizing the program to deliver a more desirable form and scale based around a clear and strong design parti.
The genesis of our concept was an urban response – the redistribution of the mixed use program into a tripartite articulation of podium, mid-rise and tower with the interstitial spaces treated as sub-tropical gardens.
Our new design alleviated council’s concerns around the scale of the podium and the shape of the tower, it reinforced the beach/river axis of Cavill Avenue, responded positively to shaping the Gold Coast skyline and met Council’s desire for world class, subtropical architecture. A Development Approval for the revised scheme was received in January 2016 – less than 6 months after our initial engagement.
A significant piece of architecture must start with a focus on city making – more than just a great building, it must have a compelling story to tell the city.