On the corner of Plain Street and Hay Street, opposite the picturesque Queens Gardens, Garden Towers by Finbar is set to revitalise a historic East Perth precinct with luxurious apartments and a vibrant street-level plaza.
The current single-storey brick structure is the former Materials Science Building constructed in 1952 – a rare example of late inter-war functionalist architecture inspired by the design style of Dutch architect Willem Marinus Dudok.
Garden Towers is designed by SS Chang Architects, which drew inspiration from Dudok’s modernist style by blending new elements alongside established forms, creating a new modern expression that balances bold brick with modern luxe from its clean lines to curved balconies, cascading greenery and sun-filled spaces.
“The development value is $243 million with a total of 331 apartments in one, two and three-bedroom configurations, plus 13 commercial retail, food and office spaces with a provision for a cafe and providore for the old heritage building,” Finbar Chief Operations Officer and Director Ronald Chan said.
“The retail offering on the ground floor will bring amenities to the area for Garden Tower residents and the surrounding population.”
With the large alfresco plaza area overlooking Queens Gardens, as well as a secondary alfresco area behind the heritage building and connecting through to Plain Street – brought to life by renowned artist Stuart Green – this area will incorporate translucent glazed canopies and fine-grain material amongst large established tree canopies providing cool shaded areas.
The residences will include 136 one-bedroom apartments from $427,500, 147 two-bedroom apartments from $645,000 and 48 three-bedroom apartments from $920,000.
The amenities will be situated together on level 6, including a residents’ dining area and bar, a lounge, a games room, a cinema, cabana and barbecue facilities, a 21m heated swimming pool, a gym, a steam and sauna room, a meditation yoga room, a business lounge with Zoom pods, virtual golf and a putting green, a children’s play zone and a pet exercise area.
Further amenities continue on the 36th floor, with a Skybar, a residents’ dining area, a cabana lounge and a private glamping nook for the ultimate staycation.
The design has a achieved a seven-star Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme energy rating. Sustainable features include motion sensors to reduce energy consumption in the lobby and car park levels, a bicycle-sharing service with a selection of e-bikes and e-scooters, smart electrical meters, a centralised hot water system, use of BubbleDeck as a slab construction to reduce the use of concrete by a third, a solar photovoltaic system to common areas and double glazing.
“East Perth hasn’t seen any new developments launch in more than two years, with the last one being AT238 by Finbar,” Mr Chan said. “Coming off a strong rental market, we expect investors to return, as well as a strong owner-occupier market.
“We will see strong overseas and interstate buyers, as Perth median unit prices still remain the lowest in Australia. However, local buyers will still make up the majority of sales.”
Construction is estimated to commence early-to-mid 2023 with completion mid-to-late 2025.
For more information, visit www.gardentowerseastperth.com.au.