Buildings that breathe amongst native flora

Mount Gravatt

Bates Smart worked with client Salter Brothers to maximise their existing site in Mount Gravatt that houses the Mercure Hotel.

By relocating the at-grade carpark on the site our Development Application proposed a new residential tower and mixed-use podium, housing 100+ apartments and a childcare centre, adjacent to the retained hotel.

The design was inspired by the native indigenous Tea Tree Flower and Wallum Banksia, two species of flora endemic to the region prior to colonial settlement. Both species consist of a series of clearly defined ‘petals’ or spikes which radiate around the central pistil and stem. The tower floorplate conceptually represents curved ‘petals’ radiating around a central circulation core. Each ‘petal’ contains one apartment and is clearly distinguishable from its neighbour through form articulation.

Fine grain, vertical, anodised aluminium facade fins provide much needed solar protection on east and west frontages, while also directionally screening outlook to the south. Abundant landscaping is featured within the podium levels and tower between each apartment improving the outlook for residents while also providing increased shading internally.

Level 18 houses a rooftop terrace accessible to all residents and features pool, mineral spa and landscaped seating area with primary views to Mount Gravatt. Additional amenity includes a gym and landscaped BBQ area to foster community among residents.



Salter Brothers


Brisbane | Jagera and Turrbal Country






12,855 sqm