Broadbeach set for new 45-level, Ferro Chow-designed apartment tower

“The bold lines and colours throughout the tower reference aspects of placemaking connecting Old Burleigh Road to Broadbeach Boulevard.”

The burgeoning Broadbeach is set for another high-rise apartment development, as developers continue to try and keep up with the high demand for luxury product in the area.

Plans have been filed by Ferro Chow Architects for a 46-level tower at 99-101 Old Burleigh Road, on the corner of Armrick Avenue and across the road from Broadbeach Park.

The development will only have 59 apartments, with half-floor apartments taking up the first half of the tower, then full-floor apartments from there up.

Marco Ferro said the Broadbeach design was inspired by the Norfolk pine trees that line Old Burleigh Road.

“The dark bark texture of the tree trunks give this particular side of Broadbeach a characteristic that set it aside from the rest of the region,” Ferro said.

“The bold lines and colours throughout the tower reference aspects of placemaking connecting Old Burleigh Road to Broadbeach Boulevard.”

The smallest apartments have three bedrooms and a multi-purpose room. There are 36 three-bedroom apartments, 22 four-bedroom apartments, and a special penthouse toward the point end of the building.

The third level podium will have the half of the resident amenity. There’s a barbecue kitchen and dining, an adjoining private dining area with a bar, extensive seating across a lower and upper deck, a gym, and an infinity edge pool with day beds.

From level four upwards will be two apartments per floor to level 22, where from there are just whole-floor apartments.

There’s further resident amenity of level 44, while includes more lounge, kitchen and dining areas, a wine bar with cellar, a reflection pond, and a cinema room.

Above that is the two-level penthouse.


The proposed apartment tower and swimming pool level. Image credit: Ferro Chow Architects 

The first level is dedicated to entertaining, with the main kitchen living and dining space, two balconies, one with an outdoor kitchen and plunge pool, a home office, with its own butlers pantry, and a home theatre room, with sliding doors hiding a popcorn maker.

Upstairs is the four bedrooms, all with ensuites. The master has a walk in.

Currently on the 1,283 sqm site is Casa Del Mar, an original three-storey walk up of just five apartments.

“The client has catered for a wider pool of owner-occupiers, offering different price points with half-floor and whole-floor apartments,” Ferro said, adding that the views across Broadbeach will never be built out.

The site is next door to the recently approved tower from the Brisbane-based Turrisi Properties, who are set to develop a 22-level, 84-apartment tower designed by Rothelowman, who were aiming for a mid-century, tropical modernist-style building.

Ferro Chow’s approach to the 99-101 Old Burleigh Road was to use the Biophillic Design principles.

“As a consequence of being city dwellers, we become more and more out of touch with nature,” the architecture firm noted.


The proposed apartment tower on a corner site and the view from the swimming pool. Image credit: Ferro Chow Architects 

“Biophilic Design is a response to that detachment, aiming to restore the connectivity our society once had with the natural environment.

“Connectivity with the nature is our birthright. In biophilic principles, this connection must not only be reestablished, but also sustained. This is where human-made design interventions come into play, as they are needed to facilitate our relationships with nature and also each other.

“Through the emphasis of the natural features of the site, introduction of abundant natural light, and the fostering of human relationships, a building becomes a hub for engagement.”

Ferro Chow, who was a finalist at the UDIA QLD Awards for London, its West End, Brisbane apartment development, are also behind the unique design of Greenwich, the Chevron Island development from Ention Properties.

The striking design was inspired by Manhattan’s Flatiron building. The penthouse recently just sold for a record $4.25 million.


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