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Mangroves Inspire Screened Luxury Apartment Building

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The architects brief was to design an iconic building to be used for luxury apartments in Australia overlooking the central business district of Brisbane across a river – on a site had been previously occupied by a dilapidated motel building from the 1950s.

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So architects Damian Barker & Paul Brace of Jackson Teece used biomimicry to pay homage to the angles created by mangroves and melaleuca trees to create an iconic building while responding to the sub-tropical climate, riverside environment.

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Inspired by nearby mangroves and melaleuca forests, the sinuous screens provide a visual identity and visual privacy, while providing thermal protection from the fierce tropical heat beating down in this part of Australia.

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Up close, these nature-inspired screens formed of cast concrete elements, are authentic reproductions of the organized randomness found in nature, as if organically grown – on an assembly line.

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The ten luxurious apartments in 15 stories utilize an asymmetric plan that results in a building that is screened off from the heat on one side with the filigreed concrete screen, but has balconies on the other side to take in the river views.

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At night, the iconic building allows some light to twinkle out through the filigreed concrete screen, but much less than from a “normal” building, preserving the darkness around the site for nocturnal creatures that are disturbed by city lights.

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