In 2016, AS Design were commissioned to commence with the Concept Design for the 12 storey hotel and residential tower development situated at 163 Abbott street in Cairns as part of the Crystalbrook Collection range of hotels / resorts.
The landscape elements are situated on Ground Level, Level 1 and Level 3 only.
The underlying landscape theme of “where rainforest meets urban” is reflected in many ways within the design. On the Ground Level, the angular shaped building footprint creates an open welcoming feel which forms a thoroughfare directly to the central lifts / entry via the bar lounges and restaurant areas.
This structure is continued even further with an organic paving shape signifying the organic leaf shapes of the regions rainforests highlighting the central pedestrian entry from the Port Cochere. The remaining paving wrapping around the building edges follow the angular form reflecting the hard edges of the urban form. With the Port Cochere encroaching into the verge and the paving pattern extending to the back of kerb, there is a seamless transition from public to private.
Level 1 consists of a pool with adequate sun lounges and sun bed opportunities intertwined with organic shaped planters. Lush, tropical planting frame the edges of the podium and encompass a yoga deck.
Level 3 comprises of a continuation of the same paving pattern as the Ground level incorporating planted arbour / trellis structures and seating alcoves along the edges of the building. A pool and deck structure frames a restaurant and bar facing the south.
Randomly located tropical trees and palms provide shade and relief along with ‘softening’ the edges of the building.
Construction of the landscape will commence in March 2019.