Brisbane to boast world’s tallest man-made waterfall

Brisbane to boast world’s tallest man-made waterfall

14 September 2018

Brisbane-based developer Aria Property Group has been given the green light to build a 33-storey residential tower that will boast the world’s largest man-made waterfall, reports Brisbane’s Courier Mail.

The architecturally-designed building will include 216 residential apartments, ground-floor cafes, and retail and office space crowned by a 118-metre-high water wall cascading from a 50-metre rooftop infinity edge lap pool.

A 750-square-metre public park with an outdoor cinema, community garden, public art, children’s play space and an amphitheatre were also approved as part of the development.

Designed by world-renowned water feature specialists Wet Design, the water wall named ‘Marvel’ moves down a glass façade accentuated by glistening lights.

Aria Property Group design manager Simon White the water wall, which spans the entire height of the building, was a world first.

“It is essentially a series of linked internal and external water walls, running down angled pieces of textured glass to maximise the visual effect while minimising water loss” he said.

“This design is unlike a traditional free fall waterfall or the Chinese skyscraper (in the city of Guiyang) reported on recently which appears to have thousands of litres of water continuously gushing out horizontally, spilling into the streets or evaporating into the atmosphere.”

The Aria tower faced strong community opposition during the application process for fear the water wall would create water spray in the area.

“Our water wall is specifically designed to ensure the relatively small quantities of water physically stick to the glass panels, emphasising the effect of water slowly falling down the facade of the building,” Mr White countered.

The Guiyang building’s water feature has been functional for the past two years but has only been turned on six times, with owners blaming the high cost of $160 an hour to pump water to the top of the 121-metre-high structure, notes The Urban Developer.

Mr White claims the Brisbane water wall will coast a fraction of its Chinese counterpart as the quantity of water being pumped vertically will be less than 250 litres per cycle which requires small and low power usage pumps.

Rainwater will be used from rooftop a water tank, recirculated continuously while the water wall operates 18 hours a day.

The Koichi Takada-designed building, located on Hope Street South Brisbane, will also feature hanging gardens and overflowing planters that creep up the building façade.

The aim, say the developers, is to deliver the equivalent of more than 130 per cent of the site area as vertical green walls, green screening, and rooftop planting.

Hanging gardens deliver a green edge to all residential levels, while green walls will be woven into solid screening to the podium car park, and will activate the ground floor public realm.

Aria will offer residents reflection ponds, a theatre, wine cellar and library, along with two electric Tesla vehicles available free of charge for use through a booking system.

Aria lodged development plans for the $150 million project in April 2017.