Soon to be the jewel in NewQuay’s crown, MAB Corporation’s Banksia, is on the verge of completion.
The landmark apartment building is the second collaboration between MAB and architects McBride Charles Ryan (MCR), following the success of The Quays in 2013.
Inspired by the Australian native flower, Banksia is the pinnacle of Australian architectural design and craftsmanship. The circular floorplan allows for each apartment to view water, city or NewQuay Central Park, while nautical design and technology innovations have bought the façade to life.
The apartments set themselves apart with large floorplans and generous wraparound balconies. Purchasers had the opportunity to personalize their apartment with four distinct colour schemes and a variety of upgrades to choose from.
But it’s on the level 18 Banksia Club rooftop that MCR’s signature use of colour is on full display, with a fuschia kitchen and lime green sunken lounge. Outside, blues and turquoise greens line the plunge pools and infinity pond providing a tranquil setting to enjoy unrivalled views of the city and Victoria Harbour.
On 30th November, the rooftop played host to around 80 Banksia purchasers who enjoyed a day of music, drinks and canapes. Purchasers met MAB staff, their new building manager and, of course, their new neighbours.
The anticipation for Banksia’s completion has been unprecedented at MAB, with many a blog, forum and amateur photographer documenting the construction process online. However, the level of expectation has probably been felt most keenly among purchasers, many of whom are already NewQuay residents.
The feedback received from purchasers on the design, quality and finishes was overwhelmingly positive, and in many cases exceeding expectation. The excitement to move in was obvious with some people already measuring where their furniture would go and others discussing how they envisage life at Banksia.
We now eagerly wait for the finishing touches to take place.