Thornclyffe Residences, Kangaroo Point | Ellivo Architects

Thornclyffe Residences, Kangaroo Point | Ellivo Architects | Photographer: Cieran Murphy

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Thornclyffe Residences, Kangaroo Point | Ellivo Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Turrbal / Jagera people of Meanjin




Buildings That Breathe, Lord Mayors Prize (QLD)
Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
Constructions Group
Cieran Murphy
Project summary

Located in the highly sought-after area of Kangaroo Point, the development sets out to showcase the heritage significance of the existing residence, Thornclyffe. The tower form curves around the house and makes use of large screen elements to create a backdrop to the heritage setting. The screens help to produce an aesthetic quality that blurs the line between background and foreground, inspired by the Bokeh photography style.

The development comprises of the existing heritage house and 20 luxury apartments, including two sub penthouses and two penthouse apartments that feature spacious, private rooftop gardens. The location and design of the tower captures a range of outlooks, from the Brisbane CBD, to stretches of the Brisbane River. Each apartment maximises its unique view with open-plan layouts and generous glazing.

Queensland Jury Presentation

Arguably presenting a significant constraint to the site, the design response for Thornclyffe Residences successfully integrates the existing heritage house with the new apartment tower in a manner that creates a highly unique design outcome. This, in turn, has created a strong point of difference, and offered something special in the apartment market, being sold to 100% local, owner occupier residents.

The development configuration, façade design and internal apartment layouts have been carefully considered to enhance liveability, maximise light and air, and capitalise on unique view lines over Shaftson House and the Brisbane River, all contributing to the project’s success.

Project Practice Team

Alana Muir, Project Architect
Josephine Pratt, Graduate of Architecture
Lisa Schiffermuller, Associate / Interior Designer
Mason Cowle, Design Architect
Michael Small, Project Architect
Olivia Chesterton, Interior Designer

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Allan Van Planning, Town Planner
BMC Traffic, Traffic Engineer
Conrad Garget, Heritage Consultant
JT Environmental, Acoustic Consultant
Morgan Consulting Engineers, Structural Engineer
Professional Certification Group, Building Certifier
Vee Design, Landscape Consultant
WalkerBai Consulting, Building Services / Fire Engineers

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Thornclyffe Residences, Kangaroo Point | Ellivo Architects | Photographer: Cieran Murphy

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