DevCorp’s premium lifestyle development, Lume, will become the latest icon to enhance the historic landscape of Kangaroo Point.
The 13-level boutique tower, which takes architectural influence, identity and entitlement from Kangaroo Point’s rich history, will make a defining mark on the suburb’s historic timeline.
Kangaroo Point’s relevance began some 190 years ago, back in 1825 when the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement moved to the current site in Brisbane’s CBD.
A year later, Commandant Patrick Logan opened a quarry at the base of the high riverbank.
In 1828 the rock from the quarry was used to construct Government buildings such as the Commissariat Store where supplies for the settlement were kept. It is still in use today as a museum at 115 William Street, Brisbane.
The Kangaroo Point riverbank was quarried for the next 150 years forming the colourful cliffs we see today.
For years Kangaroo Point was dominated by the maritime industry including the Evans Deakin Shipyard, circa 1910, which went on to build the largest ship in Australian history – the Robert Miller, a 66,000 tonne oil tanker that stretched 239 metres in length.
The Queensland Navy’s primary storage facility was also located in the suburb and the heritage-listed building is now used by an adventure company focusing on river activities and rock climbing.
Born in London about 1819, Joseph Thompson was arguably Queensland’s first real estate developer. He had arrived in Australia at age 20, and his family drapery store became the basis of a successful business.
By the 1860s he had acquired about 200 acres of land from Kangaroo Point to Woolloongabba, and locals referred to it as Thompson’s Paddock.
Thompson built houses to rent out. His most notable construction is heritage-listed Silverwells, which still stands in Main Street, Kangaroo Point.
A significant chapter in the suburb’s history lays claim to the Story Bridge Hotel, now a famed landmark constructed in 1886 as the Kangaroo Point Hotel.
It is one of just seven, three-storey hotels in Queensland hailing from that period.
It became known as the ‘village pub’ to residents not long after the Deery family bought the hotel in 1967 and later restored it to its former glory.
Now one of the last remaining family-owned and operated hotels in Brisbane, the landmark hotel has an enviable reputation for its fine food, extensive range of beers, quality wines and good company.
By 1900 Kangaroo Point was becoming a commercial precinct with mixed residential pre and post-war housing including tin workers cottages and family homes. A series of developments in the 1980’s saw a resurgence in Kangaroo Point’s popularity when high-rises sprang up along the riverfront in what was one of the first urban renewal projects.
Kangaroo Point has continued since then with luxury residential projects overlooking Brisbane’s growing CBD. Grand multi-million dollar mansions form a gallery along the precinct’s streetscape, a select region the affluent choose to call home.
Come 2016, Lume will turn heads from its blue-chip 2103m2 block in Shafston Ave. The $100 million boutique apartment complex will rise above the iconic cliffs of Kangaroo Point and make a sophisticated lifestyle statement never seen before.
Designed in synergy with the Kangaroo Point cliff-face through sculpted vertical walls and stone-hued facades, the timeless luxury apartment building will mark a new era in Kangaroo Point’s history.
Lume is crowned by a spectacular sky lounge – a sweeping rooftop community terrace comprising extensive gardens, a gymnasium, function space, open-air entertainment area and the stunning infinity edge pool.
For more information, visit www.lume.com.au.
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