Rivière | Bates Smart

Rivière | Bates Smart | Photographer: Cieran Murphy

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Rivière | Bates Smart

Traditional Land Owners
Turrbal and Yuggera




Interior Architecture
Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
Sustainable Architecture
Rivière Construction
Cieran Murphy
David Chatfield
Project summary

Rivière adds a striking presence to its clifftop location in Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point. The sawtooth tower references the natural faceted forms of the neighbourhood’s cliffs.

Along with an alternating pattern of outboard living spaces and balconies, the form opens up views of the river, Botanic Gardens and the city’s rapidly changing skyline.

The tower’s unique façade combines board-marked concrete, breezeblock, and glazed brick. Apartments are planned to maximise spatial efficiency, views, natural light and cool summer breezes.

Native planting weaves through the entire building, starting at the entry and culminating on the impressive communal rooftop, making Rivière feel like an oasis within its urban context.

Interiors are refined and elegant with resort-like amenities. The spacious lobby doubles as a social meeting place and flexible workspace. A gym, pool, theatre room and wine room mean residents won’t need to leave home when they want to work out, relax or entertain.

Our vision for Rivière was to set a new standard of urban living in Brisbane. Bates Smart’s understanding of our brief resulted in a visually captivating masterpiece that elevates the skyline of Brisbane.

Their design response embraces the unique location of Kangaroo Point, but also solves the challenge of maximising river views while dealing with neighbouring constraints.

The result is a distinctive architecture that demonstrates a commitment to sustainability, community and liveability.

Tim Forrester, Founder + Managing Director, Aria Property

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Rivière | Bates Smart | Photographer: Cieran Murphy

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