Plans lodged for contemporary New Farm project Arcilla

Brisbane architect-turned-developer Joe Adsett and his development partner Craig Purdy are teaming up again for Arcilla, their latest project in New Farm

Brisbane architect-turned-developer Joe Adsett and his development partner Craig Purdy are teaming up again for Arcilla, their latest project in New Farm.

The pair submitted plans to the Brisbane City Council shortly before Christmas to create a new five storey apartment block at 28 Maxwell Street, not far from their recently completed and sold out project Botanic on the nearby Sydney Street.

They paid $4 million for the 845 sqm Maxwell Street site which homed an original four storey apartment block.

Adsett has designed a five storey block which will comprise eight three bedroom apartments and one four bedroom apartment, which will span the whole of the top level.

There’s been a nod to the Spanish Mission heritage residence Neville Court next door, designed in 1936 by the prominent interwar architects Chambers and Ford.

Arcilla New Farm project


The building also prompted the development’s name, Arcilla, Spanish for clay. Adsett has incorporated its design aesthetics in to his design, with a sculpted facade and a direct imprint of the Spanish Mission tile.

There will be landscaping on all levels including a green roof. Levels one and will will have bigger open spaces, but each apartment will have a minimum of near 27 sqm of balconies and terraces.

The ground level will feature a communal gym and swimming pool.

Arcilla New Farm project

“Arcilla epitomises contemporary classic architecture in the diverse and evolving suburb of New Farm through a refined material palette and sweeping, curved forms,” Adsett wrote in the architectural plans.

“The building is enveloped by planting, providing a sanctuary for residents whilst giving back to its surroundings.

“The architectural language of Arcilla is strongly enlightened by the neighbouring heritage place’s arches, colonnades, and lush subtropical gardens.

“Expansive views across the Brisbane River to the CBD are afforded from each balcony and living space which are consciously designed to promote outdoor living.

The town planning assessment said the proposed development has been designed to respond to Brisbane’s subtropical climate and lifestyle.

“All units benefit from a dual aspect and well-proportioned living areas and balconies that create indoor/outdoor living spaces and maximise access to natural light and ventilation.

“The proposal provides a high quality and contemporary architectural design outcome that responds to the continually developing and diverse streetscape of Maxwell Street, while remaining respectful of the materiality and architectural themes of the remaining pre-1947 character of the street.”

Purdy and Adsett have combined before, on Botanic New Farm, the 17-apartment development on the nearby Sydney Street (below), which is just getting its finishing touches.

Arcilla New Farm project

Every apartment in the six storey building was snapped up quickly upon its launch.

Adsett and Purdy have previously teamed up to create Brick Lane in Teneriffe, the mixed-use residential development positioned on Teneriffe Hill, as well as the Jardin townhouse development in Hamilton.


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