Gold Coast’s Highest Tower

Q1 Gold Coast, Australia


Gold Coast, Australia


At 80 storeys, Q1 was once the world's tallest residential tower and remains the tallest residential building in the southern hemisphere.

Designed with Sunland Design, the award-winning building was conceived in the Sydney Olympic year 2000. It drew inspiration from the Olympic torch and the Sydney Opera House. The objective was to produce a sculptural form reminiscent of these Australian icons, and a glass skin facilitates this expression. The upswept roof form and spire reference the shape of the torch and provide a dramatic crown to the tower.

The building rises 323 metres and comprises a supertall tower of 527 residential apartments. The apartments separate into portions, with the smaller low-rise units for investors and operated as a hotel, and larger, high-rise units for owner-occupiers. The tower footprint is less than 10% of the site area, enabling a two-storey podium with retail, large swimming pools and water features, gymnasium, spa and dining areas at ground level. A large plaza provides a pedestrian-friendly urban space. A series of ribbons wrap around, providing cover and shading.

The result is an open-air galleria-like shopping precinct under the glazed ribbon structure and a curved retail façade to the street edges.


  • Client /Sunland Group
  • Discipline /AR
  • Sector /Hotels & Hospitality
  • Region /Australia