Kangaroo Point Apartment Building Makes a Splash in National Design Awards

Riviere apartment in Kangaroo Point
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High atop the cliffs at Kangaroo Point, the Riviere apartments are turning heads and redefining Brisbane’s luxury living scene. Shortlisted for the prestigious 2024 Australian Interior Design Awards, Riviere offers a unique blend of urban resort and timeless elegance.



Designed by Bates Smart, the project seamlessly integrates architecture and interior design, ensuring every element—from the glazed brick exterior mimicking the cliffs to the open floor plan bathed in natural light—contributes to a cohesive vision.

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“We wanted to create a relaxed, casual, and liveable space,” says Bates Smart interior design director Brenton Smith. “The focus was on using high-quality materials thoughtfully, not excessively, ensuring the design will endure for decades.”

This philosophy extends beyond aesthetics. Smith emphasises Riviere as an ecosystem fostering a sense of community.  “Modern residential buildings are becoming hubs where people connect and build lasting friendships,” he explains.

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Riviere isn’t the only Brisbane project vying for national recognition. The residential design category has also shortlisted Louise Walsh Interior Design’s Birdwood House, a contemporary interpretation of the Queensland family home.

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Nestled within a state forest canopy, Birdwood House reflects not just the architect’s vision but also the refined tastes of its owners, one of whom is a former stylist and art collector. Polished concrete floors with embedded rocks and a “crazy paving” arrangement of natural stone exemplify the home’s unique character.

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“The focus was on using locally sourced materials and creating a home that blends seamlessly with the environment,” says Louise Walsh. A standout feature is a massive granite island bench crafted from a single block of stone shipped from South Australia and meticulously sculpted by a local artisan.

With a record-breaking 222 projects shortlisted, the 2024 Australian Interior Design Awards promise fierce competition.

Brisbane stands out with several strong contenders, including Wilson Architects’ Brisbane Grammar School STEAM Precinct, J.AR Office’s Gerard’s, Melissa Collinson Design’s The Wolf Dining & Bar, and BVN’s UQ Brisbane City. The city is clearly a hotbed for innovative and inspiring design.



Published Date 02-May-2024