Aria Property Group has lodged a development application for a 30-storey South Brisbane tower that it says will be the “world’s greenest residential building”.
Called The Urban Forest, the tower would sit on the corner of Merivale and Glenelg Streets and feature a whopping 1003 trees and 20,000 plants, along with a new 24-hour public park and a two-storey rooftop recreation deck with a 50-metre infinity edge pool. The building will also have a canopy skywalk hidden behind a waterfall, water ponds that run from Musgrave Park east towards Merivale Street, and an amphitheatre for public performance.
Designed by Koichi Takada Architects and landscape architects Lat27 and Arno King, the building would have 382 individual apartments featuring balcony planters with trees and climbing and hanging plants.
“The tower celebrates Brisbane’s unique identity – green, open, light and permeable,” the application reads. “The landscaping will be a combination of indigenous and exotic planting, resulting in an expression of both verdant original forests and familiar Brisbane residential gardens.”
According to the application document, the tower will contain more than five times the number of trees found in nearby Musgrave Park and “set a benchmark for sustainable and subtropical built form”.
The proposal also calls for Glenelg Street to be reduced to two lanes between Merivale and Cordelia Streets, allowing for wider footpaths, extra greenery and a better interface with Brisbane State High School opposite.