Height limits in Australian cities are being put to the test as developers continue to propose cloud-piercing skyscrapers at altitudes never before seen on the island. World Class Land, a subsidiary of Singapore-based Aspial Corporation, is one such developer. According to a submitted application which surfaced on the Brisbane City Council website, they are planning a mammoth 91-storey skyscraper adjacent to the equally mammoth Brisbane Skytower.
240 Margaret Street would rise to a height of 274 metres, the same as its neighbour, and the maximum allowed in Brisbane. The limits are in place to prevent conflicts with flight paths and radar signals emanating from the Brisbane Airport. Envisioned by Cox Rayner Architects, a stone and masonry podium provides heft to the streetscape and contrast to the rippled curtain wall glass edifice above.
The tower is composed of three residential zones, each containing a distinct mix of units. Ranging in size from one- to three-bedroom suites, plus two penthouses, the development will host 783 units in total. Between each zone, recreational amenity spaces provide a variety of entertainment and leisure options for residents. Boasting both indoor and outdoor areas, these double-height spaces on floors six, 30/31, 49/50, and 83/84 will feature pools, dining areas, gyms, and event rooms.
Over 700 square metres of retail have been designed in harmony with the commercial space offered at the Brisbane Skytower, creating a substantial wall of retail that will animate the street. Parking is provided in the form of 979 bicycle spaces and 244 vehicle stalls. World Class Land is also developing the nearby 30 Albert Street, again planned to meet the 274-metre maximum. If all three of these buildings are built as planned, they will create an impressive cluster of towers that easily dominate the Brisbane cityscape.
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