World renowned architect Kengo Kuma is set to design his first residential development in Brisbane’s West End in 2021.
Teaming up with award winning Plus Architecture, the project is a $500 million development by Crown Group which has attracted worldwide attention, as it has the potential to become Kengo Kuma’s largest residential design to date. The firm’s collaboration with Kengo boasts bringing “West End’s culture and heritage to life” with a 1.25 hectare of prime waterfront transformed into an urban style resort featuring apartment, terrace homes and penthouses at 117 Victoria Street.
Kengo Kuma & Associates has started work on the new design for the remarkable apartment development planned for the burgeoning suburb, which will offer luxury riverside living only minutes from the city. The collaboration is yet another aspirational push for Brisbane which is fast becoming an architecturally rich city, with billions of dollars worth of recent projects elevating the local experience and aesthetic.
Kengo Kuma is a highly acclaimed Japanese architect, known for creating some of the world’s most extraordinary public buildings and homes. With offices in Tokyo and Paris, he is famous for his use of cedar and often melds timber and the natural environment with contemporary urban structures. Some of Kuma’s most notable works include the Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo, Bamboo Wall House in China, LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) Group’s Japan headquarters and Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium for the 2020 games. Crown Group is an international developer headquartered in Sydney and is known for premium apartment projects that have set new design benchmarks.
Kuma said he was looking forward to creating West End’s first urban resort with open spaces that would bring the riverfront alive. “Brisbane to me is a very beautiful city with rich culture and natural heritage,” Kengo Kuma said. “In general, I think there is a strong connection between people and nature in Australia. The rich natural environment there is special and people’s lifestyle and culture has evolved around embracing and integrating nature into their everyday lives.
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