This project occupies a prime location in St Lucia boasting some of the best views towards the Brisbane CBD and Mt Coot-tha skyline. The iconic locale previously occupied by a large mansion dubbed the “Pink Palace” has taken the opportunity to reinvigorate the 6300-square-meter site while retaining and reusing some of the historical buildings and artefacts. The architecture is typical of the modern and edgy design that the Sunland Group is well known for with simple lines, colour pallets and bold features of stone and concrete.
The design driver for the outdoor rooms and connections seek to emulate the forms and lines of the 19th century Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian who was famous for his rectilinear grid patterns casually filled with primary colours. This design driver with a monotone overlay helps to inform a simple but elegant arrangement for the landscape, interpreted with concrete pathways, rectilinear reflection ponds and simple planting orchestrations.
The entry garden pathways are framed by timber arbours and the visitor and resident is welcomed by reflection ponds and lush, simply arranged planting. A pool terrace lies in the shadow of an restored classically designed sandstone pavilion, that now functions as an amenities building for residents. Swimmers and sunbathers are nestled into the backdrop of the Taylor Range with views to the peaks at Mt Coot-tha. The landscape design across the central spine adapts to the subtle level change while maintaining clear, unobstructed views. The spine is framed by the architectural forms and highlighted by pink flowering trumpet trees.