5 Luxury Coastal Developments To Know
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5 Luxury Coastal Developments To Know

Up and down the east coast, these new projects offer the ultimate in lifestyle and comfort.

By Michelle Singer
Mon, Mar 22, 2021 2:13pmGrey Clock 9 min

A new wave of premium residential properties along Australia’s east coast are set to hit the market this season, catering to wealthy and discerning investors as well as owner-occupiers seeking the ultimate in lifestyle and comfort.

We’ve highlighted five of the best projects coming to market in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and on the Sunshine and Gold Coast in South East Queensland.

Whether they occupy a coastal, bayside or urban location, each project has exceptional city and water views as standard and are located close to recreational amenities, dining, shopping and transport facilities.

Architecturally striking, they represent the best of Australian contemporary architecture,  thoughtfully designed and responsive to a specific setting, climate and topography.

Lavishly appointed with increasingly bespoke finishes and fixtures, the inclusion of exclusive amenities are akin to those offered in world-class private clubs and among the best creature comforts money can buy.

All projects featured are new to the market or were recently released and all have stock currently available for purchase.

Nature by Cube, 49 The Esplanade, Cotton Tree, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Rendering: Cube Developments

Melbourne and Sydney seachangers have been descending on the Sunshine Coast in droves in the past 12 months. Attracted to the sub-tropical lifestyle of the region, 90 kilometres north of Queensland’s capital city Brisbane, developers such as Cube Developments are meeting the increase in demand for more luxurious residential property.

Nature by Cube is an eight-story Cottee Parker-designed project that will offer 13 state-of-the-art residences, all with water views and premium finishes.

Across 12 three-bedroom apartments and one four-bedroom penthouse, each residence has generous open-plan living, dining and kitchen spaces, a butler’s pantry, timber chevron flooring, limestone benchtops and top-of-the-range Gaggenau appliances.

Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom while the primary bedrooms will have water and garden views while retaining privacy. The art-like sculptural facade will feature organic curves, glass-reinforced concrete, greenery inserts and draping landscaping as inspired by the shapes and tones of the coastal environment.

 House-like in size and scale, apartments range from 250 square meters to 510 square meters for the penthouse, with little wasted space and premium fixtures and finishes throughout.

Nature by Cube apartments are available for sale, via an expression of interest campaign. Construction is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2021.

Number of Units: 13
Price Range: $2.638 million–$7 million
Developer/Architect: Cube Developments/Cottee Parker
Apartment Sizes: Three-bedroom apartments and a four-bedroom penthouse
Amenities: Resort-style amenities include a 25-meter lap pool, gym, steam room and spa, private dining room and wine room. Fine-dining restaurants, wine bars, chilled cafes and the beach are all within walking distance; while there’s hundreds of shops, entertainment options and transport links easily accessible within the new Maroochydore central business district. There are EV charging stations installed in all parking bays.


Rendering: Cube Developments

Rendering: Cube Developments

Rendering: Cube Developments

Rendering: Cube Developments

Rendering: Cube Developments

The Ambrose, 19-23 McDougall St., Milton, Brisbane, Queensland

Rendering: Kokoda Property

Located in a tightly held suburban area of Brisbane’s inner west, construction has begun on The Ambrose, a $150 million landmark residential tower. The 19-story tower, overlooking the Brisbane River, is 1.5 kilometres from the central business district, with arterial roads and cycle and ferry networks on its doorstep.

Queensland architectural practice Cottee Parker has designed a building that is sensitive to the surrounding landscape and responds to Brisbane’s sub-tropical climate. Maximizing views to the east while maintaining privacy, The Ambrose features 181 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and four-bedroom penthouses.

The sculptural facade’s organic fins and ascending greenery is inspired by the Brisbane River and city views, reflecting the city’s climate and outdoor lifestyle.

“The Ambrose is a reflection of the way we know people in Brisbane live, work and play, and conveys a strong architectural language rich in both form and function,” Cottee Parker director Sandra Browne said.

The apartments, which range in size from 62 square metres to 185 square meters for the penthouses, feature oak flooring, natural stone bench tops, marble bathrooms and Miele appliances.

The Ambrose is 300 meters from Milton Rail Station, a two-minutes walk to the Milton Ferry, while being only two kilometres from Brisbane’s arts and cultural precinct, including the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane Library and Brisbane Convention Center.

 Construction has begun and is scheduled for completion in 2022 with 50% of the apartments still available for purchase.

Number of Units: 181
Price Range: From $590,000 to $2.095 million
Developers/Architect: Kokoda Property/Cottee Parker
Apartment Sizes: One-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses
Amenities: Residents will have exclusive access to substantial communal amenities including landscaped rooftop gardens, an 11-meter swimming pool, spa, sun lounges and barbecue area. Other amenities include a cinema room, lobby lounge, viewing deck, lawn covered terrace and gym.


Rendering: Kokoda Property

Rendering: Kokoda Property

Rendering: Kokoda Property

Rendering: Kokoda Property

Rendering: Kokoda Property

Awaken, 275 Boundary St., Coolangatta, Queensland

Rendering: S&S Project Developments

Occupying an elevated headland above the Gold Coast’s iconic Duranbah and Snapper Rocks, Awaken has been designed to emulate this exclusive location while capturing 360 degrees of panoramic coastal views.

Awaken will occupy a site just inside the Queensland and New South Wales borders, overlooking two surf beaches, rock pools, a scenic lookout and walking paths. Unsurprisingly, the architectural brief for the ultra-premium project had to meet, and if possible, exceed the site’s extraordinary location. The result is a collection of only nine apartments—average price A$4.2 million each—that will likely appeal to affluent second-home owners and permanent residents.

“Awaken will be a game changer for the Gold Coast and South East Queensland,” KM Sales & Marketing director Jayde Pezet said.

 World-renowned urban artist Lindy Lee has been engaged to create an 11-story art piece on the north-facing side of the building that will come to represent the iconoclastic status of the structure.

Buyers will have the opportunity to individually design their apartments to ensure each of the nine residences are wholly unique and bespoke.

 Lavish and opulent fixtures and fittings will be offered to buyers who will have the choice of incorporating natural stones, steel and glass, custom cabinetry and leather accents alongside a full suite of home automation and security features.

 Each apartment will have a private and extensive wraparound balcony, offering views south to Byron Bay and north to Stradbroke Island, while capturing afternoon seabreezes in every room.

Residents will be spoiled for choice with multiple white sand beaches in walking distance as well as the outdoor and leisure activities of the Tweed River.

Registrations of interest are being taken, with the project scheduled to launch to the market in early April.

Number of Units: 9
Price Range: Starting at $3.95 million
Developers/Architect: S&S Project Developments/Cottee Parker
Apartment Sizes: Three- and four-bedroom full floor apartments and one double-story penthouse
Amenities: Residents will have access to a swimming pool, luxurious steam room, outdoor landscaped barbecue area, additional secure storage and beach shower facilities. Level one will contain a destination fine dining restaurant and a café will occupy the ground level offering health food and coffee.

Website: awakenrainbowbay.com.au

The Landmark, 500 Pacific Highway, St Leonards, Sydney, New South Wales

Rendering: A+ Design Group

 A vertical village of more than 400 apartments, The Landmark’s visionary architecture, enviable central location and vast amenities make it one of the most anticipated projects in the market.

Uninterrupted vistas of Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge and city skyline are part of the 52-story building’s appeal, with every floor and balcony unique in shape, size and outlook.

Still to be released are six of the seven penthouses that will occupy floors 30 and above, promising some of Sydney’s most dramatic views.

Inside will be multiple living areas, floor-to-ceiling windows, three or four bedrooms, a home office, cinema room, internal lift and private garage. Master craftsmanship is on display in the custom Italian-designed kitchens which feature grey Pietra marble countertops, custom cabinetry and Gaggenau and Sub-Zero appliances.

A Sky Lounge will be an exclusive space for residents in three-bedroom apartments and penthouses situated on Level 30 and above, offering stunning, panoramic views and an additional space to entertain friends and guests.All residents can make use of an acoustically engineered music rehearsal room, an indoor playground for children and a library for reading and studying.

The Landmark’s final release of penthouses and three-bedroom skyhomes is expected this year. The building is under construction and will be completed in October 2021.

Number of Units: 429
Price Range: Studio apartments from $600,000-$750,000. One-bedrooms from $720-000- $980,000. Two-bedrooms from $1.25 million-$1.88 million. Three-bedrooms from $2.2 million-$4 million. Penthouses from $11 million-$18 million.
Developer/Architects: New Hope/A+ Design Group in association with Warren & Mahoney
Amenities: Residents will be granted exclusive access to Club 500, which includes the services of a full-time concierge, an indoor lap pool, a spa, a sauna, a private gym, a yoga room and a cinema. A virtual golf room combines luxurious lounges and modern technology, while a communal lounge with bar, dining room and fireplace is available for private events.


Rendering: A+ Design Group

Rendering: A+ Design Group

Rendering: A+ Design Group

Rendering: A+ Design Group

Rendering: A+ Design Group

Pavilion Green Sky Homes, 216 Bay Rd., Sandringham, Melbourne, Victoria

Rendering: Auyin

The double-story sky homes atop the recently completed Pavilion Green are a sight to be seen due to size, outlook and quality of finishes.

It’s a new benchmark for this popular seaside suburb less than 20 kilometers from Melbourne’s central business district, where residents relish the active outdoor lifestyle of swimming, sailing, cycling and walking trails.

Pavilion Green’s contemporary design is a direct reflection of its premium coastal location. Waves of curved linear bands flow across the façade thanks to generous cantilevered balconies that are private and protected from the elements. The Sky Homes are Pavilion Green’s piece de resistance; huge homes that range from 235 square meters to 470 square meters, including outdoor terraces.

Each two-story residence comes with its own private elevator and central feature staircase and a complete home-integration system that includes Sonos speakers, electronic blinds and a smart TV in the main living area. Panoramic views of the city skyline and Port Phillip Bay, high ceilings, gas fireplaces and luxe kitchens featuring a Signorino marble island countertops, Miele appliances, double ovens and a butler’s pantry come as standard.

Sandringham is one of Melbourne’s most sought-after seaside villages, with easy access to upscale shopping in Brighton and Westfield Southland, residents have dining, retail, recreational facilities and transport at their doorstop.

Construction of Pavilion Green has been completed with the four sky homes to officially be released to the market in March.

Number of Units: 4
Price Range: $2.2 million to $2.99 million
Developer/Architect: Auyin/CBG
Apartment Sizes: Three-bedroom sky homes
Amenities: At ground level are boutique retail spaces, a private lobby and exclusive residents’ retreat. A large entertainment terrace flows out to the landscaped gardens of Pavilion Green, while central elevators and stairs provide accessibility to allocated basement parking, private lockable storage and bicycle bays.

Website: skyhomessandringham.com.au

Rendering: Auyin

Rendering: Auyin

Rendering: Auyin

Rendering: Auyin

Reprinted by permission of Mansion Global. Copyright 2021 Dow Jones & Company. Inc. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Original date of publication: March 18


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I.M. Pei was the confident visionary behind such transformative structures as the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong and the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, but he was also humble, and for years resisted a retrospective of his work.

Pei, a Chinese-American architect who died in 2019 at 102 , would always protest any suggestion of a major exhibition, saying, “why me,” noting, too, that he was still actively at work, recalls his youngest son, Li Chung “Sandi” Pei. A decade ago, when Pei was in his mid-to-late 90s, he relented, finally telling Aric Chen, a curator at the M+ museum in Hong Kong, “all right, if you want to do it, go ahead,” Sandi says.

A sweeping retrospective, “I.M. Pei: Life Is Architecture,” will open June 29 at M+ in the city’s West Kowloon Cultural District. The exhibition of more than 300 objects, including drawings, architectural models, photographs, films, and other archival documents, will feature Pei’s influential structures, but in dialogue with his “social, cultural, and biographical trajectories, showing architecture and life to be inseparable,” the museum said in a news release.

As a Chinese citizen who moved to the U.S. in 1935 to learn architecture, Pei—whose full first name was Ieoh Ming—brought a unique cultural perspective to his work.

“His life is what’s really interesting and separates him from many other architects,” Sandi says. “He brought with him so many sensibilities, cultural connections to China, and yet he was a man of America, the West.”

Facade of the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong in a photograph commissioned by M+ in 2021.
© South Ho Siu Nam

Pei’s architectural work was significant particularly because of its emphasis on cultural institutions—from the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., to the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar—“buildings that have a major impact in their communities,” Sandi says. But he also did several urban redevelopment projects, including Kips Bay Towers in Manhattan and Society Hill in Philadelphia.

“These are all places for people,” Sandi says. “He believed in the importance of architecture as a way to bring and celebrate life. Whether it was a housing development or museum or a tall building or whatever—he really felt a responsibility to try to bring something to wherever he was working that would uplift people.”

A critical juncture in Pei’s career was 1948, when he was recruited from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (where he received a master’s degree in architecture) by New York real estate developer William Zeckendorf.

With Zeckendorf, Pei traveled across the country, meeting politicians and other “movers and shakers” from Denver and Los Angeles, to Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Boston, and New York. “He became very adept at working in that environment, where you had to know how to persuade people,” Sandi says.

During the seven-year period Pei worked with Zeckendorf, the developer fostered the growth of his architecture practice, supporting an office that included urban, industrial, graphic, and interior designers, in addition to architects and other specialists, Sandi says.

When Pei started his own practice in 1955, “he had this wealth of a firm that could do anything almost anywhere,” Sandi says. “It was an incredible springboard for what became his own practice, which had no parallel in the profession.”

According to Sandi, Chinese culture, traditions, and art were inherent to his father’s life as he grew up, and “he brought that sensibility when he came into America and it always influenced his work.” This largely showed up in the way he thought of architecture as a “play of solids and voids,” or buildings and landscape.

“He always felt that they worked together in tandem—you can’t separate one from the other—and both of them are influenced by the play of light,” Sandi says.

View of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, on the mesa, in a photograph commissioned by M+ in 2021.
© Naho Kubota

Pei also often said that “architecture follows art,” and was particularly influenced by cubism, an artistic movement exploring time and space that was practiced in the early 20th century by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and the sculptor Jacques Lipchitz, among others. This influence is apparent in the laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., and at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, N.Y. “Those two buildings, if you look at them, have a play of solid and void, which are very cubistic,” Sandi says.

Yet Sandi argues that his father didn’t have a specific architectural style. Geometry may have been a consistent feature to his work, but his projects always were designed in response to their intended site. The resulting structure emerged as almost inevitable, he says. “It just was the right solution.”

Pei also intended his buildings “not only to be themselves a magnet for life,” but also to influence the area where they existed. “He never felt that a building stood alone,” Sandi says. “Urban design, urban planning, was a very important part of his approach to architecture, always.”

After he closed his own firm to supposedly “retire” in the early 1990s, Pei worked alongside Sandi and his older brother, Chien Chung (Didi) Pei, who died late last year, at PEI Architects, formerly Pei Partnership Architects. Pei would work on his own projects, with their assistance, and would guide his sons, too. The firm had substantial involvement in the Museum of Islamic Art, among other initiatives, for instance, Sandi says.

Working with his father was fun, he says. In starting a project, Pei was often deliberately vague about his intentions. The structure would coalesce “through a process of dialogue and sketches and sometimes just having lunch over a bottle of wine,” Sandi says. “He was able to draw from each of us who was working on the project our best efforts to help to guide [it] to some kind of form.”

The M+ retrospective, which will run through Jan. 5, is divided into six areas of focus, from Pei’s upbringing and education through to his work in real estate and urban redevelopment, art and civic projects, to how he reinterpreted history through design.

Sandi, who will participate in a free public discussion moderated by exhibition co-curator Shirley Surya on the day it opens, is interested “in the opportunity to look at my father anew and to see his work in a different light now that it’s over, his last buildings are complete. You can take a full assessment of his career.”

And, he says, “I’m excited for other people to become familiar with his life.”