Gold Coast TowersBudds Beach, Australia Thakral Holdings Group Fluid, Architect-of-Record Hospitality, Mixed-Use, Residential 820,000 ft2 / 76,000 m2
The Gold Coast Towers project aims to create a lively “micro-town” for Budds Beach on Australia’s Gold Coast. In contrast to the area’s gated developments, this mixed-use project establishes a public precinct designed to attract a diverse mix of residents and visitors. Both buildings open onto a garden courtyard, a lush setting for bars, restaurants, and shops.
With direct access to the Gold Coast Highway, a proposed light rail station, river- and beachfront, the site’s location makes it a logical nucleus of activity. The design mediates between Budds Beach, a community of single-family homes to the east, and an area of existing and proposed luxury hotel and residential towers to the west. To unify the contrasting scales of these neighboring developments, the project’s 45-story hotel tower and 30-story residential tower each sits atop a low, landscaped podium. The towers’ façades feature folded glass, aluminum, and concrete, which visually reduce the scale of the development.
The hotel tower offers 280 keys situated below 200 one- to three-bedroom serviced apartments, most with water-facing balconies. The tower is conceived as a vertical resort, with swimming pools, spas, conference facilities, and sky gardens stacked above the ground plane. The 110-unit residential tower is a private enclave with access to hotel amenities. The building sits within the required setbacks and the site design provides a landscaped buffer between Budds Beach and the tower.
As in the hotel, the residential units, which range from 150 to 170 square meters, have water views. The apartments employ numerous sustainable strategies, including cross ventilation. The project also calls for protective screens on the west façades, sustainable construction materials, and landscaping that minimizes water consumption.