Imagine the serenity of a tree flourishing right outside your apartment window – on the 14th floor. That ideal can be a reality at Walan Apartments, designed by bureau^proberts, in Brisbane, Australia. A vertical forest wraps the facade of this 14-story glass apartment building, with some trees growing over two stories.
Design inspiration for the green apartments stemmed from the nearby Kangaroo Point cliffs, a rugged geological feature studded with trees. The Walan Apartments similarly feature trees and shrubs flourishing “up the spine of the Main Street elevation,” according to Cam Ginardi of GBW Developments, who collaborated on the groundbreaking building with bureau^proberts. Ginardi told World Architecture News, “This has never been achieved in apartment living in Australia before. We’ve taken the green wall to new heights by creating a vertical forest.”
Inside, the apartments are almost as exquisite as Walan’s nature-filled exterior. Spacious 120 square meter apartments – that’s almost 1,300 square feet – offer panoramic views from windows and balconies 12.8 by 3.6 meters, or around 42 by 12 feet, large. High ceilings and lengthy double corridors allow for ventilation and open up the homes spanning entire floors. Oak timber floors, timber paneling, and natural stone adorning benchtops and walls add a natural feel. Two living spaces, a guest bedroom, library, bedroom, kitchen, dining area, and private lobby create a palatial home.
bureau^proberts’ creative director Liam Proberts told World Architecture News the Kangaroo Point cliffs also inspired a “unique facade of specially-designed screens” between living areas and the outdoors, which help regulate the building’s light and heat. He said, “Walan breaks the mold of apartment buildings over the last decade and represents a new era of design for our climate and lifestyle in the river city. We thought of each floor like a house in its size and connection to the outside.”
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