Story House Residential Building Proposed for Kangaroo Point

Story House, an eight-storey residential building with 86 units and a communal rooftop, could soon rise in Kangaroo Point, if development plans from Pellicano receive approval.

Named after the Story Bridge, the residential site designed by DBI Architecture will be built on Duke Street, within walking distance to The Gabba, widely expected to become the centre of action in the 2023 Brisbane Olympics.  

Per the development application (DA A005878209) filed in November 2021, Story House will provide studio apartments on the first to third level for short-term accommodation, or a stay averaging less than three months, given its location near the stadium. The rest of the apartments, on the other hand, will be for multiple dwellings. 

Photo Credit: Developmenti/BCC
Photo Credit: Developmenti/BCC

Story House will also feature a building design that has a “more natural feel” with plenty of deep planting areas, especially on the ground floor. The top floors, on the other hand, will incorporate natural and neutral textures and provide a rooftop communal space with facilities like a pool with a deck, a yoga lawn, and an outdoor gym, as well as a barbecue area and a lounge terrace. 

Car parking options at two basement levels will provide for 73 cars and 54 bikes. Provisions for a solar array system are also outlined in the plans, which will likely be installed on the rooftop.  

Residents, however, have made their submissions to the development application citing that there is already an oversupply of apartment blocks within the precinct. The busy location has also been riddled with parking issues and the development has not provided enough parking spaces in its plan. 

Instead, the residents said that Duke Street could use an underground parking complex or a public park. Residents in the neighbouring apartment buildings said that they were not consulted before the development application was filed with Brisbane City Council. The project is currently under assessment.

Meanwhile, Pellicano is also developing a $700-million build-to-rent residential/commercial complex at a nearby site in Woolloonggaba, which is already on Stage 7. This project will include a tree-filled secret garden next to the heritage-listed Hillyard’s Shop House.