Beautiful towers of style and grace

Newstead architectural icon Chester & Ella is fast taking shape and making a statement in Brisbane’s development circle. The two unique towers, named Chester and Ella, form a sculptural statement of luxurious residences and will be completed next month.

Developed by Kokoda Property Group, only 10 per cent of the development is left to sell in the towers where special attention had been made to the quality and finishes throughout.

Kokoda Property head of marketing Philippa Allan said more than 2200sq m of marble (mainly Elba and Portsea Grey) was used at Chester & Ella across the amenities and residences.

“There’s even marble in the lifts,” Ms Allan said.

“All said and done this will cost over $1 million. Kokoda and Hutchinsons (Shaun Beck) check every piece of marble to ensure we are getting the best vein and natural beauty from each piece.”

The two towers are a “his and her’ version – the Chester tower stands proudly with chiselled white balconies inspired by the natural formations of the Brisbane River forming a reassuring and protective surround.

Ms Allan said: “Chester is the more masculine of the two buildings. Inspired by the folds and canyons of cliffs along the Brisbane River, it features white precast concrete balconies and the rich lustre of bronze glass to form a reassuring and protective surround”.

“In contrast, Ella is all curves, presenting perforated metal balustrades that afford the building lightness and fluidity,” Ms Allan said.

A large mural, created by artist Travis Vinson, features models “Chester and Ella’’ which can be seen across the development.

Ms Allan said they wanted a large-scale piece that was somewhat hidden yet in plain sight. “Specifically we wanted a painted/graffiti piece that embraced the laneway art that Brisbane has thoroughly taken on board in an sophisticated way,” she said.

Differentiating Chester & Ella from the surrounding Brisbane market is its unrivalled level of communal amenity, according to Ms Allan.

“Residents will be treated to the luxury of an around-the-clock concierge, rooftop terrace, health and wellness centre, private dining room and cinema.

“From the rooftop, residents can experience lush landscaping and panoramic views over the city as they swim in the stunning pool, use the outdoor kitchen areas, enjoy a hit on the putting green, or relax around the terrace firepit.”


Developer: Kokoda Property Group
Price: Penthouses from $1.75 million
Address: Located on the corner of Chester and Ella streets, Newstead

Chester & Ella fast facts

  1. 7000sq m of rock (approx 17,500 tonne) was removed from the site
  2. The site was formerly a furniture makers’ warehouse and yard
  3. Amenity areas are being furnished by Newstead local, Shona Gray
  4. The building will have its own app to complement the services of the concierge
  5. The rooftop pools have been specifically designed to watch the sunrise over the river on Chester and the sunset behind the city on Ella

This article originally appeared in the Courier Mail (print) October 26 2019

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