Gold Coast Bulletin lists Jade Residences in the “Top 50 Gold Coast Homes”.

  • Posted by: Arqus Design
  • Date: August 20, 2014

The Gold Coast Bulletin has rated the beachfront residential development “Jade” within the top 10 of their “Top 50 Gold Coast Homes”, a list detailing a selection of properties that achieved the best selling prices, whilst also offering ‘exquisite design, features and lifestyle’.

Jade, comprising luxury residential apartments and beach houses, was recognised as the international pinnacle of absolute beachfront living with sophisticated and elegant interior architecture.  This is a credit to Brisbane Architect Scott Peabody, the designer of this opulent oceanfront building.

With pools on every floor of the ultra-luxurious residential development, the 13 “skyhomes” contained within the fifteen storey tower are planned on independent floor plates to take advantage of the panoramic ocean aspect.

The 2 Beach Houses, nestled into the sand dunes, offer a unique opportunity to live directly on one of the most renowned beachfronts in Australia – Surfers Paradise.  Each of the five bedroom residences are designed over two storeys with private lift access to the basement garage.

The selection of materials and finishes throughout Jade have been chosen to compliment the relaxed, coastal context in a refined and sophisticated pallet.

Architect Scott Peabody (a founding director of Planit Architects at the time) reflects back in time to the initial meeting with the Sydney developer Michael Bezzina of the Bezzina Group, and the early days of winning the limited design competition.

“It was a privilege to be the only Queensland architect to be invited by Bezzina Group and to submit my concept for this iconic luxury beachfront development in competition with respected architects including Burley Katon Halliday”.

Central to the winning concept for Jade was Peabody’s approach to creating luxurious ‘sky homes’ – each with private, glass front, swimming pools overlooking the ocean horizon. “The swimming pools, planned on alternate sides of the living spaces in a radiating pattern, was unprecedented in a residential high rise and required extensive research and development”, he states.

This was one of the many R & D elements explored during the design and construction of Jade. External materials were sourced and tested for durability against the harsh coastal environment. “I remember we had a series of copper alloy panels resting on the terrace of Bezzina Group’s beach front office at Cronulla for almost a year to see which one would patina to a tone that would best compliment the other natural materials – which included Rockhampton sandstone and limestone”.

The Jade Apartments received an RAIA Commendation at the 2009 Gold Coast Regional Architecture Awards .

Scott Peabody’s architecture career has spanned over 25 years and during this time has seen him involved in a range of high profile projects including:

  • Chang Chun Master Plan in the Jilin Provence, in China;
  • Defence House Authority Residential Developments – Brisbane, Ipswich and Adelaide
  • Alexandra Beach Resort – Sunshine Coast
  • Lexicon tower – Brisbane
  • Oxygen/Trilogy – Brisbane

And more recently…

  • Australands Hamilton Reach master plan ;
  • Queensland multicultural centre and
  • Arden’s Jade residential development at Albion.

Whilst he is currently celebrating 5 years as a Director of Arqus Design, he was a founding Director of Planit Architects (now rebranded to Ellivo Architects) where he was a Director for a period of 10 years.  His earlier days saw him employed by the Adelaide architecture practice “Greenway Architects” where he joined the Queensland Directors to establish the Gold Coast and Brisbane offices.

Scott holds a position on a number of committees including the Property Council of Australia, and the Urban Design Institute of Australia and was recently involved in the judging of the residential housing awards with the Australian Institute of Architects.

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