West End’s heritage honoured at new apartment development ‘Bohemia’

14 - 04 - 16

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A new $51m West End apartment development ‘Bohemia’ by Turrisi Properties pays homage to the area’s industrial history and its modern, reinvigorated future through responsive architecture.

Located in the heart of the village on Jane Street, the apartments are part of the true West End, overlooking the character residential that defines its eclectic integrity.

Designed by ROTHELOWMAN, the 94 apartments feature a singular tower with a dual façade, reflecting two elements of the remnant character that defines West End.

On one side, the apartment exterior depicts the warehouses and factories of old West End with a jagged ‘saw-tooth’ roof pattern.

In contrast, the adjacent façade features white timber panels referencing the remnant timber and tin workers’ cottages that have characterised Brisbane since the interwar period.

Bohemia will comprise a mixture of one, two and three bedrooms over eight storeys, tucking neatly into the apex of West End’s existing structures and streetscapes.

“This development is particularly personal to West End, referencing elements of the character that have long attracted residents to call it home,” Turrisi Properties Director Gaetano Turrisi says.

“The formerly industrial West End has seen extensive changes over the past 20 years with urban renewal, leading to particular demand for high-quality apartment developments such as Bohemia,” Turrisi says.

Today’s West End is markedly different from its industrial roots, with the average West End resident aged 20-39 years (according to Domain), comprising an eclectic mix of professionals, students and families.

While honouring the suburb’s past, ROTHELOWMAN’s design reflects the modern West End in Bohemia’s interiors, using varying lustres and shades of materials throughout.

“We’ve implemented a mix of timber, glass and concrete in varying shades, creating a soft contrast. Grey mirror finishes reflect natural light, providing a luxurious touch to kitchens and bathrooms,” ROTHELOWMAN principal Jeff Brown says.

“Bespoke cabinetry detailing against warm neutral tones completes the seamlessly contemporary industrial look of each apartment,” Brown says.

Spacious balconies and terraces provide a selection of vistas to residents, and a view of iconic Mount Coot-tha is available from one of Bohemia’s two rooftop areas.

The building’s site context also reflects the diversity of the true West End, at just 450m from Boundary Street’s live music bars and cafes, and 100 metres from the greenery of Davies Park, home to one of Brisbane’s largest farmer’s markets.

Bustling Southbank and cultural attractions like GOMA and QPAC are walking distance from the site, and a CityGlider stop with bus services to the city every 10 minutes is just 300 metres away.

“The location provides everything the modern West End resident looks for – a connection to the arts precinct, nearby transport to the city and elsewhere, and walkability to shops, bars and cafes,” Turrisi says.

The fourth quarter 2015 Urbis Brisbane Apartment Insights Report shows that apartment sales surged 50 per cent last year, setting a new record for the city and reinforcing the need for high quality developments.

Bohemia follows on from the popularity of Turrisi’s other West End apartment projects INK and The Glass Factory, which each have attracted a high percentage of owner-occupiers.

“This is a model that we follow closely. We develop our buildings for owner-occupiers, and the success of our developments reflect the true liveability and desirability of our projects,” says Turrisi.

Starting at 63 square metres, and up to 129 square metres (including external areas) for a three-bedroom apartment, the varying size configurations cater to multiple demographics, including families. West End State School is just 50 metres from Bohemia, and Brisbane State High School is in close proximity.

Priced between $385,000 to $859,000, Bohemia’s construction is expected to be complete late 2017.

A display gallery is open at 81 Jane Street, West End, next to the Bohemia site. It is open by appointment only until April 23, when it will be open daily from 10am – 4pm.

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