One of the world’s skinniest skyscrapers slated for Surfers Paradise beach

ONE of the skinniest skyscrapers in the world could soon rise on Surfers Paradise beach after a development application for the $200 million project was lodged with council on Friday.

If approved, the cutting edge 44-storey residential tower will rise on a prime absolute beachfront site next to the luxury Jewel development on Wharf Road.

Soaring 154m into the sky and just 12 metres wide, the tower has one of the tightest slenderness ratios in the world.


Crowned by a three-storey penthouse and two-storey sub-penthouse, the tower also comprises 35 one-per-floor luxury sky homes, each spanning an impressive 346-414m2.

The development also includes a three-level detached beach house, 4-level basement with 117 residential car spaces and large retail space on the ground floor.

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Resident facilities include a resort-style pool, lap pool, plunge pool, gym, spa, sauna and steam room.

The tower’s slender design and distinct exoskeleton facade the result of the latest advances in parametric design tools, wind engineering and modeling technology.

The building’s adapted diagrid exoskeleton structure makes it ideal for the exposed beachfront site, which experiences low-turbulence wind flow off the ocean.

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Developer’s Golden Gate Property approached award-winning architects Rothelowman to deliver a dynamic design that embraced the beachfront experience and quintessential Gold Coast lifestyle.

Director of Development David Whiteman said Wharf Rd was a premium statement piece not only for the Gold Coast skyline but for Australia as a whole which caters to a gap in the ultra-premium apartment market.

“We are delivering an internationally recognised project for the Gold Coast which, through delivering a combination of iconic design, an ultimate beachfront location and ultra high-end facilities, unquestionably defines the new meaning of exclusive beachfront living,” he said.

“We didn’t want it to look like a tower of glass, we wanted the design to really celebrate living on the beach and appreciate Rothelowman’s subtropical approach of designing each sky residence to open up like a traditional old Queenslander.”

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Rothelowman Associate Principal Jonothan Cowle said the design and engineering process was intensive.

“We started with the idea of a beach house in the sky – a place with a veranda, offering protection from the summer sun, a place to linger, a garden, a place where one can enjoy the weather, the love of the environment, a place to revel in the playfulness of the coast,” he said.

“The challenge was to create the experience with a pencil-thin tower. We wanted the tower to touch the ground so lightly it would seem to be dancing upon the sands.

“A tower so exactly tailored to its environment, that is couldn’t exist in any other place, but the coast
of beautiful Surfers Paradise.

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Mr Cowle said the end result was a wonderful example of collaborative and creative innovation – the fusion of architecture and wind engineering to create a design that was uniquely crafted to its context.

“From the outset, we decided to reconsider the typical high-rise apartment tower in order to create an architecture that truly celebrates the idea of living on the coast,” he said.

“Differing floor plates throughout the tower combined with open balconies at each end disturbs wind flow around the building, reducing the impacts of wind for residents and pedestrians below.”