Australian development company Sunland Group has renewed their partnership with the internationally recognized architect Zaha Hadid following the June 2015 approval of their three-tower Grace on Coronation project in Brisbane. The team is also planning to build two 44-storey highrises in the Gold Coast called the Mariner's Cove Towers. The project seeks to combine 370 modern residences and a 69-room hotel with a wealth of new cultural attractions.
The $600 million (AUD) development will hold a pair of 134-metre sculptural towers defined by contrasting dark glass and white vertical embellishments. The twisting verticality means that each level will feature a distinct floor plan. Residents will be served by 490 parking spaces, with another 40 dedicated to their visitors. A total of 808 stalls have been proposed to accommodate the range of uses on the site.
Poised to become the region's first privately-owned cultural precinct, the project will include an Art & Science Museum and Exhibition Gallery as well as a retail component to supplement the highrises and expanded marina. A variety of outdoor public art pieces will be dispersed throughout the numerous proposed open spaces. Additional publicly accessible areas in the form of a double-storey underground aquarium, floating parkland, and waterfront promenade ensure continued year-round vitality at the site. In total, about 2.5 acres of space will be reserved for unrestricted public use.
All aspects of the plan are scheduled to undergo construction in unison. Sunland Group, certainly no stranger to highrise development, hopes that work can begin this year, three years after they acquired the Seaworld Drive site for $13 million (AUD). The development company's most significant project thus far is the Q1 Tower in Gold Coast, Australia's tallest building when measured by spire height.
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