Introducing Laguna, the calm oasis in a suburb that is humming with new energy.
The cogs are turning again in Newstead and what was once a forgotten industrial district has become the new “it” suburb in Brisbane. The hip inner-city hub is a mecca of trendy shops, eateries and bars nestled harmoniously within the heritage-listed Gasworks precinct. Monolithic landmarks with art deco architecture like the Waterloo Hotel share blocks with blazingly modern light shows and still nothing seems out of place or overdeveloped. Even Newstead’s historic WWII hangar has found as new voice as one of the city’s newest live music venues, The Triffid, developed by ex-Powderfinger bassist John Collins. In a suburb burgeoning with undeniable star power, Newstead Central’s Laguna is ready to take centre stage.
While Newstead buzzes, Laguna will whisper as the tranquil centre of the suburb in transformation. Laguna is the second of five ultra-modern towers that will make up Newstead Central – a $400 million luxury apartment project by Metro. The development is the latest addition to Metro’s already hefty multi-million-dollar property portfolio, and its second bite of the Newstead apple. The $160 million Newstead Towers is also currently under construction on Longlands Street.
Tower one of the Newstead Central, Aqua, is already sold out but for those who missed out, Laguna will boast a further 189 units, offering up a suite of one and two bedrooms luxury apartments across 20 levels. When all five towers are complete, Newstead Central will comprise 920 luxury apartments.
The aptly named Laguna development has been designed with pure luxury in mind and will make stunning use of water features and greenery to create a lush vista hidden within the surrounding landscape. It is immediately clear that the Metro project has prioritized the creation of an atmosphere just as highly as the construction of a home. Among its most impressive drawcards – a two-story waterfall cascading down the building’s Ann Street entrance. Vertical gardens hang from the facade and frame the waterfall to give the ultimate illusion that Laguna is carved from the earth and hung with its greenery.
The sparkle of the constantly flowing facade will create the perfect prelude to stepping inside the glistening 5-star lobby designed by world-renowned architect Cox Rayner. High ceilings hung with a grandiose chandelier and the use of luxury materials carry the cool Laguna opulence inside. Plans for the lobby include marbled walls and floors gilded with golden decorative railing. The hard surfaces are delicately offset by blonde, wooden, feature panelling. Again, greenery is the gem in the design with more vertical gardens making sure that the natural essence of the Laguna theme is not lost. You know the landscaping of the entrance will be impressive as massive windows will keep it on constant display from inside.
RPS Landscape Architects are behind the design for the resort style gardens that continue from Laguna’s facade and lobby and into the lagoon paradise at its heart. Here, multi-million dollar man-made beaches steal the lime-light and introduce resort-style living that will excite even the most ardent city dweller. With the apartments marketed towards young professionals, the creation of a landscape for relaxation within the confines of the apartment dwelling was essential. And it doesn’t get better than a beach at your doorstep. Residents will be able to sink their toes into the white sand while luxuriating in their own private lagoon surrounded by established gardens. It’s hard to believe that outside this quiet centre, Newstead will still be raging with activity and that’s exactly what is intended.
On the homefront, Cox Rayner’s proposed Laguna apartments are reflective of the progress happening outside the walls of Newstead Central. The vibe is undoubtedly modern. Natural light and open living will give Laguna living a breezy elegance. A crisp white palette will work to give the illusion that the walls are wider and higher, adding to the desired sense of space that is essential to apartment living. As any discerning apartment dweller will attest, white is also by far the easiest colour scheme to create your own personal space within. Sleek black window fittings and door frames will add an effortless and chic monochromatic hit to the rooms ensuring that the looks stay fresh and in touch with the new Newstead.
The city views are not wasted with grand floor to ceiling windows ready to maximise the prime location and allow apartment balconies to feel as though they are a seamless extension of the living space. Inward facing apartments will be no less spoiled for views with the man-made beach and lagoon glistening below inviting guest to enter their own private oasis.
A major priority in the creation of Newstead Central was the need to foster a “community feel” between the five separate towers, even though each will have its own individualised design. This is where the luxury facilities come into play. The Laguna beach oasis forms the centre of the Newstead Central project and will become a hub for residents to form community. Interconnecting walkways and lagoon decking will create a seamless journey between towers. BBQ facilities, sun decks and lawns will be perfect for gathering, and a communal gym and billiard room will also be open to everyone who calls Newstead Central home. Ground floor retail space is also planned for the Aqua and Laguna frontages.
Construction has begun at Laguna’s Anne Street site and residents are expected to start moving in from March 2016. Laguna is now selling with apartments listed from $428,000–$944,000. Tower three, St Tropez, is also under construction and Tower four, Capri, is now selling. For sales enquiries visit newsteadcentral.com.au and register to check out the fully furnished Laguna Apartment display suite.
Newstead’s top 5
Newstead Brewing Co – Brisbane’s oldest new craft brewery and bar.
The Standard Market Company – ultimate foodie’s paradise and mega indoor market.
Gasometer – a light/sound show every Friday and Saturday night from 6-8pm.
The Triffid – live music, bar and beer garden.
Newstead House – Brisbane’s oldest surviving home now run as a museum.