Duncan Street Master Plan

Richard Kirk Architect and ML Design won a limited design competition held by Tower Holdings, for the redevelopment of a three hectare light industrial site on the Brisbane River in West End for medium density residential accommodation.

The site is the largest land holding in the West End Riverside South Precinct, constituting a significant component of the current redevelopment of this part of Brisbane. The design concept challenges conventional development models, with the buildings running perpendicular to the river to achieve improved solar orientation, increase river views and provide less building mass to the river edge. Between the buildings, substantial riverside landscaping forms the linear parks which offer improved amenity and river views for accommodation towards the rear portion of the deep site.

The site is articulated by the proposed new road resumptions which created two parcels of land. To link the sites, a significant landscape space is used to visually connect the separated parcels. These landscape spaces contain large water features or lagoons, which are idealized memories of the Riverline Rainforest that once occupied this area.