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Barry Howe
35 Buchanan Street, West End QLD

8150 m2


Luxury residential complex that enhances the river edge and the surrounding urban context

Leftbank is the first multi-storey residential development along the edge of the Brisbane River in West End – within a previously light industrial and commercial precinct. The brief was for a contemporary building that is oriented towards the Brisbane River.

The development is located on Riverside Drive near Davies Park. It consists of 11, two storey river homes, and a seven level apartment building containing 40 apartments, seven terrace houses and seven two-level penthouses.

All living areas, bedrooms and kitchens are designed with large openings to the generous balconies with views, creating a sense of open spaciousness. The balconies are deeply recessed to allow for large outdoor usable areas and also provide well shaded living areas. A high quality is achieved through discerning finishes and large living and bedroom spaces in generously sized apartments.

The apartment block is split into two sections which provides a permeable vista from Musgrave Street, to the Brisbane River which enhances the surrounding urban context. The landscaping of the development enhances the sub tropical river edge and incorporates a large central spine of sub tropical rainforest planting surrounding the pool-side terrace.


The Royal Australian Institute of Architects - Regional Commendation (QLD)

Brief Elements

  • 7 level apartment building
  • 40 apartments
  • 7 terraced houses
  • 7 dual-level penthouses
  • Swimming pool


  • Recessed balconies which serve the dual purpose of providing large, usable outdoor space and shaded living areas
  • The landscaping of the development enhances the river edge and the surrounding urban context
  • BVN was at the forefront of working with town planners under the Council’s urban renewal programme for West End