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Global hotel design inspires Brisbane residential

The Property Addict / Architecture & Design

Jul 17 2017

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Design-led luxury developer Kokoda Property has launched its latest residential offering to the Brisbane market, Obsidian, featuring 236 apartments ensconced in a sculptural urban form that takes its design cues from the world's best international hotels. Award-winning architects Cottee Parker and its interior design arm, hotel specialists Glam Studio, have been engaged to create the intricate design scheme for the project, which sits on a unique corner footprint in Milton on the edge of the CBD. The new 20-storey apartment development will add $169 million to the developer's portfolio, and promises to deliver an unrivalled level of luxe materiality, communal spaces, and breathtaking views over the CBD, the Brisbane River, and Mt Coot-tha. Epitomising the mystique of its namesake, the design of Obsidian takes the form of a striking sculptural profile that evokes glistening shards of volcanic glass. global-hotel-design-2 Paying homage to the world's best five-star hotels in its architecture and luxury-appointed amenity, two entire floors at Obsidian have been dedicated to communal spaces. Glam Studio, who has worked across the international hotel industry for 40 years, was given free rein over the project's entire rooftop to create an unparalleled entertainment space for residents and their guests. Known as the Amenity Deck, the space will host two infinity pools with submerged stone sun lounges and above-pool day beds. A private formal dining room and party room with a sleek central bar can both be booked for private entertaining with an optional personal chef " a full catering kitchen services both. The spaces can be connected into one vast area that opens onto the outside deck to take full advantage of the subtropical Brisbane climate. Stepping down from the edge of the deck, built-in lounges with banquet seating will sit alongside fire pits. Four games rooms are to be integrated into the rooftop with playful finishes to facilitate poker nights, Karaoke evenings, table tennis and pool. The library and lounge present an area for residents to adopt a slower pace. global-hotel-design-3 A casual atmosphere is created by the adjacent lush green lawn and BBQ underneath patterned pergolas, designed as a multi-purpose area for entertaining, yoga and croquet. Cottee Parker Director, Sandra Browne, said the brief was to take the best of international hotels and weave these inspirations into Obsidian's design narrative. "Our expertise lies in designing five-star hotels and hospitality projects, so we relished the opportunity to bring this into a residential setting," said Browne. "Creating a bold identity that gives depth and meaning to the concept is what drives unique outcomes. For us we're not just designing an interior we're creating a memorable experience." The second amenity zone on the ground floor will host a wellness precinct reminiscent of a hotel spa, offering residents a 15m outdoor lap pool, steam room and sauna, and state-of-the-art gym with views over the pool and luscious gardens. Kokoda Property's Director of Sales and Marketing, Sam Tucker, said the developer's focus on Obsidian's shared spaces means the residential address presents far more like a cosmopolitan hotel. "Brisbane's rapidly transforming reputation into a new world city is constantly inspiring us to reflect this evolution in our approach. We have taken the cutting-edge hotel-style amenity that we integrated into our first project in Brisbane, Chester and Ella in Newstead, and pushed it even further at Obsidian," said Tucker. "We travel the globe on study tours and bring back the best of international design. The inspiration for the extensive communal space was drawn from the best five-star hotels, where jet-setting guests enjoy lavish surrounds and impeccable service for their every whim. This is the feeling we want to recreate for Obsidian's future residents, in the comfort of their own home." global-hotel-design-4 Tucker cites the communal spaces as supporting a sense of community in multi-residential developments, where neighbours can interact and get to know one another. "Communal spaces create a community within a project and present a more well-rounded way of living. Sharing these spaces allows you to get to know your neighbours, much like the neighbourhood park, swimming pool and local pub would 20 years ago. We now just integrate these vertically instead of having them located around the corner," he said. "Amenity is leading the owner-occupier demand " apartment living is all about that luxury and convenience." The hotel references are continued through the bathrooms in the apartments. In a bold design touch, nothing but full-height glass separates the bedroom from the shower. The five three-bedroom penthouses feature wellness-focussed bathrooms including a contemporary freestanding bath, woven tiled feature wall, concealed shower, pendant lighting and two opposite-facing marble vanities. Impeccable attention has been paid to every fine-grain detail of the apartment interiors, which are offered in two design schemes " the moody and sensual Noir, and the minimalist and calm Lumiere. Noir will feature decadent dark marble, sleek designer pendant lighting, and designer tapware in gun metal, while Lumiere integrates white Elba marble and designer tapware in brushed nickel. All residences will be lit with streams of natural light - expansive floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the surrounding views in addition to those provided by each dwelling's private balcony. The exterior of Obsidian makes a statement that is just as bold. Its location on a corner site with dual street-frontage afforded a unique opportunity to highlight the view corridors and articulate an impactful architectural statement. "The corner site allowed us to play with scale and structure more freely than is traditionally possible, integrating a podium with scalloped edging and decorative screening," Browne said. A grand lobby with double-height ceilings continues the strong hotel narrative. An entrance positioned at the pinnacle of the corner transforms into a sweeping spiral staircase seemingly floating between brass curtains. A seven-day concierge greets residents and guests, who will then have the option to have a drink at the bar or continue to their private residence or amenity space. The project's location in Milton offers all the lifestyle amenity that Kokoda Property seeks for its projects, with surrounding cafà ©s, markets, and boutique retail. Only 500m from Brisbane's CBD, and surrounded by open green spaces, bike laneways, and Citycat Ferry along the Brisbane River, residents will enjoy easy connectivity to the city and surrounding suburbs. Construction of Obsidian will commence mid-2018 and is scheduled for completion in 2020. Apartments range from $450,000 to $2.4 million, for more information, visit
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