A new addition to the Gold Coast skyline aims to connect to its surrounding urban fabric, writes Yelena Smetannikov.
7 July, 2011
Protruding from the Gold Coast’s skyline, stand the ever-changing arched profiles of Hilton’s newest towers.
Designed by The Buchan Group, this mixed-use development fuses hotel accommodation, residential, retail and entertainment uses spread across the Orchid and Boulevard Towers.
The Boulevard Tower, completed late 2010, contains apartments over 32 storeys. The taller Orchid tower, due for completion in October 2011, contains both hotel and residential accommodation over 57 storeys.
Approximately 4500sq m of retail space covers the first two levels of both buildings.
Todd Crighton, the project’s designer, wanted to create 2 distinct forms, to avoid the ’twin’ configuration.
Variegated floor plate sizes on each level of both towers ensure that residents and guests get a different experience throughout.
Warm, tactile materials such as timber, stone and water were used to create a relaxing and informal environment for guests to enjoy.
The most challenging part of the project for Crighton was to design a sculpted form that was in contrast to its more rigid neighbours.
“The client’s willingness to embrace a design that varies, steps and curves in the vertical plane was especially encouraging,” Crighton said.
Crighton states that the most exciting part of the project was the challenge it took to provide a positive contribution to the urban fabric of the Gold Coast.
“Tall buildings have a significant impact on the literal landscape, and we are interested in buildings and the spaces they create, which make a cultural connection to the fabric of the city.”
All apartments in the Boulevard Tower have been sold, with limited numbers available in the Orchid Tower. The Hilton plans to welcome its first guests just before Christmas in 2011.
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