The Arena Apartments development in South Brisbane is unlike anything else in Brisbane. Designed for Sydney based developer, Galileo Group, the favourable site offered an elevated North East orientation with expansive views towards the city. Its distinctive form has been generated as a direct response of overlaying the functional requirements of the brief with the specific site constraints, including a new cross block link connection through to West End, and the requirement to maintain views through the site for the office building behind. Responding to the generous north eastern facing site the design includes two separate tower and podium forms that create and define a semi-public urban courtyard. This courtyard space is the heart of the project, incorporating public café and restaurant spaces, residents’ recreational facilities, and private residence courtyards. The tower form floating above is rotated at ninety degrees to the podium maximising city facing units while allowing for the view corridor for the existing commercial building behind. The two tower elements are supported by the large feature ‘chopstick’ columns that protrude down through the courtyard landing on their logical structural points within the basement.
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