What do you get when you cross a luxury 5-star hotel, executive residences and four levels of fine dining, cafes and bars? Say hello to Mary Lane.
I don’t think there has ever been a fusion I didn’t like. Vanilla Coke – yum; washer-dryer – genius; camera phone – game changer. So when I heard that Brisbane’s $325 million Mary Lane development would be Brisbane’s first fusion of a five-star hotel, luxury residences and a dining precinct I was pretty sure I would like it. And it seems I’m not the only one with a thing for a good fusion. Within days of opening its sales suite in February, Mary Lane had clocked up about 80 sales, worth more than $60 million. In fact, demand for a piece of the Mary Lane pie was so high that developer, Mary 111, upped the size of the project from 167 residences to 184 earlier this year.
Mixed-use developments are popular abroad, but the concept is new to Australia and the first of its kind in Brisbane. At Mary Lane, permanent residences will sit atop the world class, five-star Westin Hotel Brisbane with 286 hotel rooms and suites. But wait, there’s more, all of this sits atop four podium levels of venues, bars, a day spa, and fine dining opportunities.
Project Manager, Ian Pert of GMP Management, said the construction of the unique all-in-one was a response to “the maturing of Brisbane as a city”. “These facilities are intended to be used by the growing CBD residential population, office workers and hotel guests,” he said. “This blending of users in a high energy precinct will create a destination that Brisbane CBD lacks.” Taking its design cues from international cities such as New York and Singapore and embracing the laneway dining concept done so well by Melbourne, Mary Lane “specifically is not ostentatious, but welcoming while luxurious”. “The ground plane is a people place, not a vehicle place as is typical of five-star hotels,” said Mr Pert. “The hotel addresses and engages with Mary Street and Mary Lane. It will be a place to see and be seen.”
With so much talk of the welcoming and inclusive nature of the development, I want to hear more about what’s waiting inside for those who are planning on living here.
Woods Bagot is behind the unique architecture and residential interior of Mary Lane. Senior Associate in charge of interiors, Bronwyn McColl, said it was clear from their first client briefing they wouldn’t be designing “just another apartment building”. She said this was to be something exclusive, “a legacy for the owner and Brisbane”. And then they hit on a brilliant idea for the residences. Why not reinterpret the historic Queenslander – a local take on 5 star elegance; sophisticated, yet unpretentious. “With the notion of people moving out of their suburban Queenslanders into inner city residences, we explored the quintessential elements of a traditional Queenslander home that could be reinterpreted into modern dwellings within an urban context,” she said. You can see the inspiration clearly in the warm neutral tones that were chosen as a perfect backdrop for natural timber and stone fixtures. Even more so in the framing details that are a minimalistic and modern take on the decorative Queenslander facade. Mrs McColl pointed out that the purposefully restrained palette also allowed the buyer to customise their space how they like. It’s always a good thing when your favourite pieces of furniture don’t have to conform to your new walls.
As in all good Queenslander homes, the kitchen is king, and in Mary Lane residences the floor plan keeps it central. “As Queenslanders, we have a strong connection with the kitchen,” Mrs McColl agreed. “It’s not just where you cook dinner, but where you catch up with friends, partners, and family. Mary Lane kitchen interiors have been designed to reflect this entertaining lifestyle with residences featuring expansive island benches, stone benchtops and timber veneer.” The more you hear about the Mary Lane interiors, the more they start to feel like home – a perk not always synonymous with inner-city, high-rise living. There are certainly perks to living about a 5-star hotel though. Did anyone order room service?
While a cozy, homely feel is certainly something worth celebrating inside, when talk turns to the private, resident-only, roof-top amenities the rock-star factor is turned to full-blast. On the thirty-seventh level lies the very pinnacle of Mary Lane – a rooftop retreat for the exclusive use of residents. This private sanctuary has a sweeping landscaped terrace, a fully equipped cardio gym, and a shimmering infinity pool – complete with its own deck. Two barbecue areas complete this haven, with a glass veiled function pavilion and excellent facilities for the home chef. ‘Mingle with close friends at an informal afternoon rooftop gathering – soaking in the panorama; or host a lavish moonlit dinner for sixteen’ prompts the Mary Lane website. Don’t mind if I do.
All of this inner-city living sounds mighty fine, but if you’re not in the market to buy, you don’t have to miss out on at least staying a while. Equally as spoiled for choice as the permanent residents, guests at The Westin have access to a resort-style pool with swim up bar, gymnasium, day spa and function space. Mrs McColl highlights that despite the uniqueness to each layer of the fusion, and an understanding that each will undertake a different role, the design remains consistent throughout the entire development. “Our brief was to design the entire project as one to ensure the hotels and residences had a sense of underlying continuity,” she said. “It was important to keep the design language throughout Mary Lane consistent, creating a luxurious experience no matter where you are.”
From its city-centre location, to the landscaped atrium and all the way up to the incredible rooftop pool deck, Mary Lane celebrates what it is to live an exclusive lifestyle in the Brisbane climate. Centrally located on the axis of Eagle Street pier, the botanic gardens, the casino and Queen’s Wharf development, it is perfectly placed to become the pulse of Brisbane’s dynamic new entertainment hub. While the Mary Lane fusion is a pioneer in the Brisbane landscape, the fact that it is selling so fast before the first sod has been turned tells me that we may be seeing a few more fusion flavours in our city mix.
Building of Mary Lane will commence shortly and will be on track to finish late 2018.
Mary Lane at a Glance:
- 184 one, two, three-bedroom executive residences and penthouse.
- Positioned above The Westin Brisbane hotel and vibrant restaurants, cafes and bars
- First rate conference rooms, meeting spaces, executive lounge and ballroom
- Exclusive resident’s rooftop retreat – Infinity pool, BBQ areas, private function room, cardio gym
- Unique integrated development and lifestyle concept that is popular throughout the world but new to Australia and the first of its kind in Brisbane
- Views of Brisbane City, River, Story Bridge, Kangaroo Point Cliffs
- You can check out Mary Lane at the display suite now open at 113 Margaret Street, Brisbane.