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Upper House by Aria, 66 Hope Street

One of Brisbane’s tallest residential towers featuring dramatic architectural flourishes and enhanced building performance standards.
Artist’s impression of view of Brisbane from rooftop showing wooden archways and pool in forefront.

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Brisbane, Australia




Koichi Takada Architects

Located in Brisbane’s Southbank cultural precinct, the 30-storey residential tower features architectural flourishes inspired by natural forms. It comprises 188 two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments, ground floor lobby with retail and a double-storey rooftop residents’ club with pool, wellness centre, lounge bar and other premium facilities. The project also targeted energy and natural ventilation standards well above minimum compliance.

We worked closely with the builder, Icon Group, as the project lead for NCC Section J verification and compliance and developing the NatHERS pathway. Our team also undertook a Life Cycle Assessment for materials and building systems. Sustainability benchmarks were established before works commenced, embedding high performance into the project specifications and construction program.

"The design of this project is stunning and, underlying this, there were ambitious building performance goals including 8 Star NatHERS – well above minimum compliance with the National Construction Code. Successfully working with the contractor to ensure code requirements were met, while delivering such novel architecture, has been a significant achievement." David Collins, Director.

Key fact

A natural ventilation strategy was developed to take advantage of Brisbane’s climate conditions.


Key fact

Architectural elements contribute to façade and rooftop area shading.


Key fact

8 Star NatHERS was achieved on building envelope design and specification - two stars above NCC minimum standard.


Dave Collins in suit in a park with trees, a path and wall in the background

David Collins

Managing Director, Australia

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When dramatic architecture is partnered with ESD principles, the result is both exceptional aesthetics and an enhanced occupant experience.

Upper House by Aria, 66 Hope Street

Artist’s impression of rooftop pool and wooden archways from alternate perspective.