A desire for a greater sense of luxury in apartment buildings has led to a growing trend of the feel and facilities of a boutique hotel in residential projects.

Architectural firm Rothelowman, who designed Aria’s sold-out $55 million St. Julien residences in South Brisbane demonstrated the trend in the project.

Rothelowman principal Jeff Brown said the design of St Julien’s lobby was “intimate”, with dark and warm tones, textural wall finishes and stone floors, with brass and bronze touches.

He said the trend was a natural evolution based on expectations of quality.

“The things about a hotel that we find interesting, that cross-pollinate into a residential development is a sense of quality about the experience of arrival, and how you are greeted in the building,” he said.


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