Stones Corner is continuing its transition from a light commercial and retail hub to a medium density residential precinct. The district’s second large development (following in the footsteps of Blue Sky’s Stone & Co) will be situated in Stoneham Street, and will span 11 floors.
To gain approval for the development, several adjustments were made to the plan to meet planning requirements given the existence of a pre-1911 dwelling at the front of the site. Happily, the apartment development will retain local character, and is required to keep the original fence and old cottage – Stoneham House – onsite. The cottage will form a focal point for the extensive recreation area accompanying the residential precinct.
Stoneham is being developed by DeMartini Fletcher and designed by Ellivo Architects, a firm known for their work on multi-storey developments in South Brisbane, Toowong and Newstead.
Greenery is prominent throughout the project, with landscaped grounds complemented by vertical trellises connecting circulation foyers on the building’s exterior. Solid and glass balustrades will add visual points of interest, as will curtain walls, sunshades and privacy screens.
Referencing the original cottage which remains on site, a face brick finish extends across the ground plane and climbs up the tower.
The interior of Stoneham is also slated to use an impressive blend of materials, and importantly for the Brisbane climate, all apartments will open to private terraces or spacious balconies.
Once completed, the development will house 99 residential apartments and 3 commercial spaces. Approximately two thirds of apartments will be a two-bedroom design, and the remaining apartments will meet the growing demand for one-bedroom dwellings.