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Brisbane developer Aria Property Group has been green-lit for its residential development boasting the world’s tallest man-made water fall in the latest addition set to transform Brisbane’s urban skyline.
The striking 118-metre-high “water wall” will span the entire height of the building and descend from the building's rooftop 50-metre infinity edge lap pool.
The Koichi Takada-designed building, located on Hope Street South Brisbane, will feature 216 residential apartments.
Aria lodged development plans for the $150 million project in April 2017.
Fond of the South Brisbane area, the property group are also developing a Woods Bagot designed 30-storey tower at 13-17 Manning Street with construction set to begin end of this year following a successful sales launch in May.
Aria Property Group’s design manager Simon White said the building’s water wall, designed by water feature specialist Wet Design, is a world first.
“It is essentially a series of linked internal and external water walls, running down angled pieces of textured glass to maximise the visual effect while minimising water loss,” he said.
Unlike the Guiyang building’s 108 metre waterfall in China, which attracted controversy for its expensive electricity bills, White says Aria’s water wall’s power usage will be a fraction of the Guiyang building.
The Aria tower faced its own opposition during its application process, criticised by residents for being excessive and likely to create water spray in the area.
“Our water wall is specifically designed to ensure the relatively small quantities of water physically stick to the glass panels, emphasising the effect of water slowly falling down the building's façade," White said.
The quantity of water used for the South Brisbane tower will be less than 250 litres per cycle. Rainwater will be used from rooftop a water tank, recirculated continuously while the water wall operates 18 hours a day.
Brisbane’s first inner city community park will also be delivered in two stages alongside the project. The 1500sq m site, transformed from an old carpark, will be the city’s first inner city public park of its size in more than 20 years and is expected to open in May 2019.
Koichi Takada are behind the Hope Street tower’s design which will feature hanging gardens and overflowing planters.
Aria will offer residents reflection ponds, a theatre, wine cellar and library, along with two electric Tesla vehicles available free of charge for use through a booking system.