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Council approval sought for Brisbane tower

A development application has been submitted to Brisbane City Council for a proposed tower development that has been dubbed Jardino - or informally, the leaning tower of Brisbane. 

Scrutiny is required by the government body if the building is to gain exemption from the strict height limits imposed around Kangaroo Point, Domain reports. 

Described by the developers as an "iconic equipoise monolith", the proposed construction is a 19-storey tower that will curve its way into the skyline.

Brisbane architecture firm Bureau Proberts has designed the Jardino, which is named after the French word for Garden. 

The development would be unique for Kangaroo Point and the plans, which were submitted to the council last week, show the "vertical garden" rising from Hamilton Street, across the Brisbane River from the Eagle Street Pier. 

Some 17 full-floor units, 38 car parking places for residents and three visitor spaces are included in the proposals, contributing to a gross floor area of 6,341 sq m. It would be illuminated at night with LED lighting. 

In its design report, Bureau Proberts highlighted the fact that lighting levels have been given careful consideration. 

"The project has minimised the floor plates to one apartment per floor which allows for maximise natural light, cross ventilation and outlook," the report stated, adding that this offers a superior level of occupant amenity and minimises reliance on artificial lighting.

"The screening and planting to the south western facade will assist in minimising the heat load from the western sun in summer. Sliding screens can be moved into place when required to shade the afternoon sun during the summer months."

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