Discover the inspiration behind Newstead Series’ exclusive residents’ oasis

The half acre ‘green heart’ at the centre of Brisbane’s hugely popular Newstead Series is a major drawcard for residents who are seeking luxurious apartment and townhome living combined with an outdoor lifestyle to match the most sought after Queensland homes.

Lat27 Director Nathalie Ward and Associate Director Andrew Kramer who have designed the Newstead Series outdoor spaces said the original concept was to create a private boutique backyard in a city oasis that captured the essence of Brisbane’s subtropical outdoor lifestyle.

“We wanted to create a space where residents could relax in a green oasis while enjoying proximity to some of the city’s finest amenity including Newstead Waterfront Park, Gasworks Plaza and the Brisbane River,” Ms Ward said.

“Working closely with JGL Properties we have created contemporary spaces that draw on Brisbane’s ‘backyard’ aesthetic and outdoor lifestyle.

“This has been achieved by harnessing the traditional veranda, barbecues on the deck and fun times with family and friends next to a sparkling backyard pool.

“Our design has provided generous interconnecting outdoor spaces for social gatherings, group fitness and barbecues – effectively providing an extension of the home and enhancing the sense of spaciousness.

“At the same time we have provided more intimate spaces where residents can retreat and relax into a lush, shaded garden setting,” she said.

Andrew Kramer from Lat27 said they believe strongly in creating places that represent their context and the people who will ultimately occupy them.

“Our ideology, coupled with JGL Properties’ vision, has created a rich and diverse landscape that captures the essence of high quality riverside inner city living,” Mr Kramer said.

“We have created a ground level landscape which uses changes in levels to create distinctive spaces, enhances privacy, and at the same time visual connectivity through creative raising and lowering of spaces.

“Creating a successful ground level garden seamlessly linked to each building foyer is achieved through the collaboration of the landscape architect and structural and services engineers to ensure good soil depths, drainage and irrigation to maintain plant health.

“The plants have been selected for their subtropical character including leaf texture, colour and seasonal change.  The landscape will evolve over time and should reach a high level of maturity within 2 years, being a lot sooner than other projects of this nature due to the developer’s insistence that larger mature trees be specified wherever possible,” he said.

John Livingstone from JGL Properties said harnessing Brisbane’s subtropical climate, one of the most favourable in the world, has been key to the design of the Newstead Series’ outdoor living.

“Our residents are attracted to low density luxurious city living and our extensive range of quality facilities including the 25m pool, spa, fully equipped gymnasium, sauna, fire pit, entertainment areas, alfresco dining areas including pizza ovens and outdoor cinema.

“The sense of community which comes from these spaces are what people are drawn to, particularly owner-occupiers who make up a large percentage of our buyers,” Mr Livingstone said.

The Newstead Series comprises four boutique buildings – The Carlyle, The Donaldson, The Ajax and The Koerstz – which were named after Australia’s famous wool presses.

The Newstead Series is under construction with ASX-listed tier 1 builder Watpac on site. The project is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Newstead Series is being developed by JGL Properties with capital partner Thakral Capital. Tessa Advisory is the principal sales agent for the project.