Valencia Residences

RPS has helped ARIA Property Group to reimagine the relationship between high-density apartment living and green open space in the inner-city suburb of Kangaroo Point.

Challenge

As Australian cities densify, and demand for housing in inner-urban areas rises, developers are faced with the challenge of adapting apartment design to better accommodate the needs of families.

Without traditional backyard spaces in which to socialise, exercise and play, high-density developments must rethink the outdoor experience to ensure long term occupancy of people at all ages and stages of life.

Valencia Residences, landscape architecture by RPS

Image credit: Cathy Schusler

Solution

Drawing on their experience designing outdoor spaces for some of Brisbane’s most awarded apartment developments over the last few years, our landscape architects have again pushed the boundaries of outdoor space, taking Valencia’s award-winning gardens and recreation spaces to new heights.

Located at Kangaroo Point, connection to the Brisbane River was a defining inspiration for our team. Early concept designs by the Valencia’s architects showed a series of sculptural balcony and screens forms, delivering a rippling architectural façade, reflecting the flow of the river nearby. With a form intrinsically linked to the water, our team’s landscape design response was all about capturing views to the river while reflecting the development’s sub-tropical riverine context.

 

A multi-gen approach to multi-unit residential

  • Making the most of Brisbane's best views

    Lush curves mimic the Brisbane River's turns and bends, while offering residents unrivalled views of the city and north side suburbs.

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    Valencia Residences, Kangaroo Point, landscape design by RPS

    Image credit: Cathy Schusler

  • Valencia rooftop common spaces

    Carefully designed spaces are oriented to maximise views to the Brisbane River and city skyline beyond.

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    Valencia Residences, landscape design by RPS

    Image credit: Cathy Schusler

  • Entering sub-tropical urban oasis

    Lush plantings speak to Valencia's sub-tropical location and fun, casual nature of life in Brisbane.

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    Valencia Residences, landscape design by RPS

    Image credit: Cathy Schusler

Award-winning landscape design

Valencia Residences’ rooftop offers a little over 600m2 of open space, with diverse recreational facilities that facilitate active and engaging outdoor living opportunities for residents. Each space is orientated to achieve the best view of the river or city skyline. Mature plants and structures provide shade and comfort for all-day use, even in the hot Brisbane summer.

With the space needing to cater for 125 apartments, multi-generational accessibility was a key element of the design response. A range of spaces were been built for adults and kids alike, promoting co-occupation of active areas such as the indoor gym, pool, lawn spaces and playground. This award-winning design promotes an active, healthy outdoor lifestyle while delivering a sense of community through inclusive and safe spaces for families to enjoy.

Take a virtual tour of Valencia Residences’ RPS-designed outdoor spaces at www.valenciaresidences.com.au

Design Awards for Valencia

Australia Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Queensland Award - Gardens 2020

Image credit: Cathy Schusler

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