South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland

SW1 is a mixed commercial and residential development occupying a 1.8 hectare site adjacent to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Although the land had been reserved for expansion of the Centre, it was decided to create a precinct instead that helped to connect the South Bank Parklands with the neighbourhood behind.

For this reason, a master plan was prepared setting out a pattern of cross-block laneways. The plan formed the basis of a design tender competition for which we also proposed a longitudinal pedestrian spine to enhance connectivity. This strategy subdivided the site into ten parcels, our proposed being for our client to also engage four other architects to create a diversity of architecture.

Our projects were two office buildings at the Melbourne Street end, and one at the opposite end, with a fourth designed in collaboration with Allen Jack and Cottier. The townhouse and apartment buildings in between were designed by John Mainwaring Associates, Haysom Associates and Bureau Proberts.

The Melbourne Street buildings form a geometry that encourages public access into the spine via a central loggia space and café pavilion. At the Russell Street end, a courtyard acts as a ‘magnet’ for movement along the spine between the residential buildings.

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State Commendation for Urban Design, AIA QLD 2013

State Commendation for Commercial Architecture, RAIA QLD 2007

In association with
JMA Architects, Haysom Architects, Allen Jack+Cottier Architects, bureau^proberts
SW1 Joint Venture
Project Status
Completed, 2003-2008
Key Consultants
Gamble McKinnon Green, Project Strategies, Robert Bird Group, WSP (Lincolne Scott), SPP Group, Certis, Mitchell Brandtman, Holland Traffic Consulting
Contractor / Builder
Hutchinson Builders
Site Area
John Negus
Katie Holzberger
Jeffrey Bennett