A Gold Coast artist’s vision for a 20-storey Surfers Paradise tower is wowing the pants off Gold Coasters. This is what happens when an artist and the construction industry collide.
Liam Hardy is a sculpture creator and film-set designer from the Gold Coast. He owns Sculpt Studios and, has garnered some fame for his creative film set work.
Hardy has now turned his artistic hands to a creative apartment tower in Surfers Paradise. Along with wife Yvette, the couple have recently handed in an application to develop a beautiful and utterly different project. The location, on Budds Beach, is in an older part of Surfers Paradise that has been singled out for regeneration.
The site, on the corner of Oak and Birt Avenue, currently holds a small house, and a three-storey residential building – both will be demolished. The couple originally owned one of the buildings, and then swiftly bought the other one when it came up for sale recently.
Gold Coast company BDA Architecture worked on the boutique residential project with Hardy. And, the aim was to blend his expertise as an artist and sculpture maker with his new role as developer.
Hardy says that as an artist, the creative process was a lot of fun. “I started with the brief of an asymmetrical form that was iconic and unique. It is a building that you can point out your particular apartment from a distance. It’s more of an individual approach to apartment living. The rhythmic twisting form also has the functional purpose of maximising the stunning ocean, Hinterland and river views. The views were analysed floor-by-floor using drone footage. We didn’t want any curved elements as I felt that would date easily – rounded buildings have been fashionable for the past few years. It was important we designed a timeless building that would still look contemporary 30 years from now.”
There will be 57 units across 17-storeys. These units will mostly be three-bedroom apartments. And, for those at the top – there will be penthouses. These will have four bedrooms and a private pool on a roof terrace.
Hardy is aiming to sell these sculpture skyhomes to owner-occupier families and down-sizers who want big units with plenty of storage. All this while wrapped inside beautiful sculpture. “Darren at BDA has delivered a spectacular design. We are very excited to see the building come to life, aiming for construction to possibly start towards the end of the year.
“Adding to the urban legacy of the Gold Coast and especially Budds Beach is very exciting. The boutique nature of the building suits the area with larger apartments, ample storage and whole floor ‘Skygarden’ on the ninth level. The Skygarden will feature a large pool with sun lounges, barbeque area, a formal and informal dining area, a proper gym, steam room and outdoor-indoor cinema, and of course beautiful gardens with large planting to create the perfect environment for a drink by the pool watching a spectacular Gold Coast sunset.
“The other interesting amenity will be the meeting room on the ground level, residents will have a hot-spot/conference room area for those that conduct business from home.”
And of course, living in a sculpture haven is great for wellbeing. Furthermore, Hardy has limited the building to 57 apartments to ensure a more personal community feel. Consequently, neighbours and friends can meet up over a swim or a barbeque. “We felt this will be much more suited to owner occupiers and down-sizers, rather than some of the large anonymous filing-cabinet type buildings going up recently.”
Blending contemporary architecture and sculpture is the key selling point. Recessed into concrete in the foyer will be a giant set of hands.
Hardy wanted residents or guests entering the building through the foyer to feel welcomed and embraced. “The residents may feel that their building is more than just concrete forms and glass. Playing with scale, and human form in this particular work in concrete will respond well with the architecture, and it is a bit of fun too. The little finger will double as a bench seat, a perfect place for visitors to take a selfie.”
Finally, we get decent posing locations in our buildings!
Artist-led building designs can only be a good thing. The development is on track to commence soon, pending development approval. Consequently, the development will probably break ground in 2020.
Keep an eye out, therefore, if you are interested in buying off-plan.
If you like art but buildings aren’t your thing, then you could always hang around for the opening of the HOTA galley.