Environmentally sustainable building a city showstopper
Brisbane’s skyline will soon be home to another stunning development, Monterey – a 10-storey building with 32 apartments.
Developed by Gardner Vaughn Group, director Guy Gardner said the “real heart” of Brisbane was Kangaroo Point.
“We’ve always wanted to be here, (it’s the) last remaining north-facing site,” Mr Gardner said.
“It’s in close proximity to everything but when you come home you forget that you’re right next to the city. It’s been a path of uniqueness that we saw years ago that we wanted to be part of.”
Set to appeal to downsizers and upsizers, Mr Gardner said Monterey would be the tallest residential cross laminated timber (CLT) building in Kangaroo Point.
“CLT is a renewable resource which sequesters carbon, enhances thermal properties (can be associated with heating and cooling energy reductions), has very low embodied energy, resulting in a unique environmentally sustainable building,” he said.
Mr Gardner said the name Monterey paid homage to the radiata pine used to build many of the historic timber houses that give the city its character.
“Monterey California is one of the only places where monterey pine naturally grows. The use of radiata pine in the CLT method is an innovative wood product developed in Europe over 30 years ago.
“Award-winning architects Hayes Anderson Lynch bring to life a design that complements the riverside lifestyle. This elegant design embodies sustainable principles which truly encompasses Brisbane’s vision for ‘buildings that breathe’.”
Place Estate selling agent Simon Caulfield said most of the apartments were larger three and four bedrooms, with a penthouse on the top level.
“There are a few one and two bedroom apartments. And apartments are priced from $499,000 to $2.7 million, for the penthouse,” Mr Caulfield said.
“Monterey really is the jewel in the crown.”
Mr Caulfield said he had received a lot of interest in the development, with a couple from the US looking for Brisbane property.
“They were maybe in their 40s to 50s, they wanted an apartment in Brisbane to live in for three months of the year and then leave it vacant,” he said.
“They ended up purchasing a two-bedroom apartment.”
Construction on Monterey is expected to start soon, and will feature a pool, a rooftop gym, yoga and barbecue area.