A $150 MILLION-dollar development in the heart of Milton, The Ambrose, has been designed to maximise and adapt to the environment in which it sits, embracing its natural surrounds — and those man-made.
Mark Stevens, the managing director of Kokoda Property, the developer, said that The Ambrose residences had city, river and mountain views, but was also just moments from the best of Brisbane’s dining, retail and entertainment offerings, as well as being only 300m from Milton rail station, two minutes’ walk to the Milton Ferry and a 10-minute walk to Suncorp Stadium.
Designed in collaboration with Cottee Parker and Glam Studios, the 19-storey development offers generous floor plans, including one-bedroom apartments measuring 52-59sq m, two-bedroom apartments of up to 91sq m and three-bedroom apartments from 111sq m to 136sq m. There are 181 apartments in total.
Mr Stevens said Milton was experiencing a resurgence as an urban/hipster hotspot.
He said The Ambrose was an entertainer’s oasis, with spacious indoor and outdoor recreational areas, rooftop barbecue areas, an outdoor cinema, gym, yoga spaces, rooftop gardens, cabanas, infinity pool and a residents’ entertainment precinct, which includes a chef’s kitchen, dining and lounge.
Cottee Parker Architects senior associate of interiors Dee Passenger said The Ambrose was a building that “breathes and responds” to Brisbane’s subtropical climate with expansive balconies providing extensive indoor/outdoor living areas. “A series of gentle waves echoing the Brisbane river inspires the building’s form,” Ms Passenger said.
“Textural fins wrap the façade contrasting with living greenery weaving up the tower. The building’s form responds to the prevailing city views, with apartments hugging the eastern boundary to maximise vistas of the skyline over the river.”
She said the apartment interiors were a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Queenslander houses that surround the precinct. “This is not just your average apartment tower. Residents of The Ambrose will feel like they are living in a hotel. On entry, the grand volume of the foyer and the feature wine wall establish this as a luxury address.”
Sandra Browne, the director of Cottee Parker Architects, said the building was named after the original site owner, Ambrose Eldridge, who established Milton farm and built Milton house. “The Ambrose connects itself with the visionary spirit of this pioneer and this community,” she said.
Mr Stevens said the primary target market for the apartments were owner-occupiers seeking to enjoy the best lifestyle Milton had to offer. “At the time this project brand was created, 38 per cent of the population in Milton was independent youth — couple, singles and home sharers, aged 30 to 45. They’re ‘pioneers’ attracted to iconic design and not afraid to move into a new or untapped area,” he said.
“They want the best of the city on their doorstop but want the friendly village atmosphere that comes with Milton. These values are also relevant to the secondary target market, who are mature (50-65+) but identify as young at heart. This market is looking for modern luxury within familiar surrounds. They’re embracing apartment living for flexibility, low-maintenance, community and security.”
Originally published in the Brisbane Courier Mail, HOME magazine, April 11th 2020