Markwell Avenue Tower
Surfers Paradise, Queensland
This resort accommodation project comprises a 30 storey tower with a single level podium over a 3 level basement. It contains apartments, a café, retail, recreational facilities and basement parking. The dynamic sculptured form of the building results from the juxtaposition of two tall C shaped curved elements which comprise the tower. The NE and SW elevations follow a gently curving profile. On the NE this curve is highly modulated by ‘solid’ and ‘glazed’ balustrades to balconies and a surrounding concrete frame to the central bay. The form of the top of the tower is clearly articulated, its language expressing the variety of apartment types within, including a 3 level penthouse. The curvature of the SW elevation is accentuated by the layering of louvres and wall planes across this façade. The layering in plan is relieved and balanced vertically by the banding of expressed slabs and balconies. An inflexion of walls and balconies provides lively and highly articulated elevations to the NW and SE.