202/180 Dornoch Terrace, Highgate Hill
More than just a sought-after, city-side South Brisbane suburb, Highgate Hill is a unique and storied location. The name for the area in the Turrbal or Jagera language was ‘Beenung-urrung’, meaning ‘frilled lizard’ and indeed these famed Australian reptiles, known for their bold stance, striking neck-frill displays and wonderous ability to camouflage in accordance with varied colours of the landscape are still resident in the suburb’s many parks and gardens today.
Known for its rolling topography and undulating hills, more recent development of the area has seen Highgate Hill’s prominent ridgeline emerge as one of its most iconic thoroughfares – Dornoch Terrace not only an address for a number of protected historic homes, but also the heritage-listed ‘Torbreck’ building, Brisbane’s very first apartment complex completed in 1960.
So, when a new residential apartment tower was commissioned to stand directly alongside one of Brisbane’s most noteworthy design icons and atop Highgate Hill’s most famous ridge, this evolved a new chapter in the story of the area, requiring an innate respect for the site. Enter the team at Cottee Parker Architects, charged with designing a new landmark Brisbane building with a story of its own.
Set back from both the road and its iconic neighbour so as not to impose or dominate, ‘The Highgate’ is a building sensitive to its surroundings, with two of its 10 levels designed as plazas nestled below street level, allowing it a unique ability to blend itself naturally into the sloping site. Simultaneously, the building’s dynamic form and bevelled façade embrace alternating angles which reflect light and create a sense of movement, combining with extensive use of glass and the rarity of a rich and raw zinc cladding to offer the ultimate unique and striking display of architectural beauty. In this way, ‘The Highgate’ is a true architectural feat, able to both camouflage and boldly stand out in a way that is reminiscent of the fabled lizards for which the area was named.
But perhaps the most striking aspect of this development that shows a reverence for its location and heritage is that this is a building that makes use of only 20% site coverage – with most of its 1.5 acre site dedicated to a series of lushly landscaped gardens. Cottee Parker’s collaboration with renowned Brisbane landscape designers Dunn & Moran not only saw the entire building designed around the existence of an ancient fig, but the creation of a cascading series of terraced garden experiences, allowing residents to retreat as they descend from a floating pool deck down into the depths of lush greenery – a truly rare experience for apartment dwellers in an inner-city locale.
A building very much at home in its natural habitat, the habitat provided within is equally an experience for its residents, with apartment 202 no exception. Ascending from either the basement car park or stunning foyer via lift to your apartment’s own private lobby, you’ll be welcomed by interiors that are the work and vision of acclaimed Australian interior designers Blainey North. Describing their selection of finishes for The Highgate as having been inspired by the craftsmanship of super yachts, a palette of sophisticated, luxurious materials including rich marbles, lacquered timbers and stunning travertines serve to anchor both living and bedroom spaces in their natural surrounds.
At the heart of the apartment’s incredible interior spaces of course lies the kitchen and here too the expertise of a revered Australian icon has been invoked. Designed in collaboration with esteemed chef and culinary expert Neil Perry, this space incorporates an oversized island with integrated dining space while featuring Perry’s full range of signature appliances, bringing the quality of a commercial kitchen to your home so you can cook and entertain with finesse.
And all this is before you are greeted with what Duke Realty lead sales agents Lisa McKay and Sam Patterson consider to be this apartment’s most striking selling point: a stunning northern aspect with one of the few locations in Brisbane where this orientation also captures glorious and uninterrupted city views. As Lisa explains, “the vastness and the openness of the views here are truly unique – it gives this home a sense of freedom and openness you rarely experience in apartment living.”
Indeed, basking in the beauty of perfect northern light and glorious morning sun, Residence 202 enjoys extensive use of floor-to-ceiling, semi-frameless glass throughout, welcoming light and life outside in. An expansive entertaining deck places you at the feet of city buildings which rise before your eyes, so close you might reach out and touch them while undertaking your detailed survey of the cityscape.
Yet, offering more than just city light-worship, Residence 202 at The Highgate affords a truly rare opportunity to secure a residence in a landmark building that rises as a sentinel over its location, the newest custodian of its amazing natural abode. Duke Realty is honoured to help tell the story of this very special apartment – enquire today and don’t miss the opportunity to make its story part of your own.
NOTE: Duke Realty is grateful for the use of the stunning “Frilled Neck Lizard Dress” in this shoot and acknowledges the work of local Artist, Designer, Creator Claudia Williams, with contributions from Joyce Crombie, Maude Monoghan, Jean Barr Crombie, Jenny Parsons, Josie Schurman and Dwayne Kangan.