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Surfing Mecca Inspires Two-Tower Development

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Plans for a two-tower apartment building on the iconic Coolangatta headlands are taking shape with a development application lodged to the Gold Coast City Council.

S & S Projects, headed up by Paul Gedoun, have lodged plans for Esprit, consisting of 12-storey and 8-storey residential buildings with a total of 97 one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

Located two blocks from the iconic surfing mecca of Snapper Rocks, the Cottee Parker-designed development takes style cues from the beach and “celebrates the site’s coastal location”.

“The building’s design is inspired by nearby Snapper Rocks and the pockets of tidal pools formed over time,” the report said.

“Tinted glazing emulates the tranquil reflective waters, separated by striated layers of rock, represented by the facade’s horizontal banding. These horizontal elements layer across the building facade to form balcony edges that grow and build at the edges

“Surrounded by dramatic natural beauty, Esprit draws upon its context to create a design that encapsulates the desirable sub-tropical lifestyle of the Gold Coast.”

The 2492sq m site fronting both Boundary St and Ward St would provide ground floor commercial tenancies across the two interconnected buildings, and rooftop recreation areas.

▲ The eight-storey tower would front Ward St and consist of 6 apartments and two retail offerings. Image: Cottee Parker
▲ The eight-storey tower would front Ward St and consist of 6 apartments and two retail offerings. Image: Cottee Parker


According to the plans, the rooftop beach club would consist of a recreation deck, pool, private dining, and function space, gym, and cinema.

Two-storey buildings would be demolished to make way for the 12-storey development, which Urbis planners said was “sympathetic to its surroundings and in keeping with the scale and intensity of planned and existing development in the neighbourhood”.

The 12-storey building would accommodate 91 apartments, while the 8-storey building would accommodate six apartments.

With views to both the river and the ocean, Cottee Parker architects have tried to emulate the natural environs surrounding the headlands.

“The landscape architecture for Esprit focuses on the natural forces that constantly shape the headland, beaches and vegetation.

“The dynamic rock pools of Snapper Rocks form a primary inspiration for the development. Planting has been interwoven into multiple levels of both buildings and street edges.”

The council is expected to make a decision on the proposed development by the end of July.

If approved it will be S & S Projects’ third development in the Rainbow Bay area, following the Flow, and Awaken developments.

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