The diverse community and established housing of Brisbane’s West End is the inspiration behind INK Apartments – a new apartment development by Turrisi Properties, designed by ROTHELOWMAN.

Bringing 107 apartments to the sought-after Donkin Street location, architects at ROTHELOWMAN have created a design for INK that celebrates and preserves the area’s existing landscape.

The architectural language of INK derives from the eclecticism of the remnant historical built-form, combining the aesthetic of the warehouses and the established Victorian era homes in the neighbourhood.

“The architecture of the building combines the robustness and scale of the adjacent industrial warehouses, with the fineness and attention to detail of the nearby heritage listed manor houses,” say Jeff Brown, Principal at ROTHELOWMAN.

By combining these two design influences, the INK building brings a sense of harmony to the array of housing typologies in the area. Maintaining the vibrant and multicultural village atmosphere of West End has been of the highest priority to ROTHELOWMAN and developer Turrisi Properties.

The development is of personal significance to Managing Director Gaetano Turrisi, whose Italian heritage is steeped in the culture of the West End.

“We understand it, we’re locals,” Turrisi says. “It’s more personalised in the fact that we live in the area and we’re very much aware of its past, so that’s influenced our thinking for the landscape spaces in the building.”

Turrisi Properties and ROTHELOWMAN have collaborated on a number of projects previously, consistently delivering successful outcomes for all parties involved.

Most recently, the companies worked on fellow West End development The Glass Factory, located just 500 metres away on Vulture Street.

Together, the companies share a combined vision for the West End precinct that buyers are responding positively to. One buyer, who purchased a property at the Glass Factory building as an investment opportunity decided to move in after falling in love with the property and has now bought an investment property in INK.

A defining feature of INK is its rooftop recreation area with gardens, dining areas and a barbecue, intended to replicate the village sensibility of the West End streets below.

Envisaged as ‘the perfect backyard,’ the roof level recreation space is a place for residents to escape the hustle and bustle of the streets below; not an easy feat considering the suburb is less than two kilometres from the CBD.

“The rooftop recreation experience and design has been influenced by the vegetable gardens of the locals in the West End precinct,” Brown says.

“Our aim has been to capture the sensory experience of the neighbourhood and channel this into a contemporary apartment development.”

Over eight storeys, INK will include one, two and three bedroom apartments, along with three luxurious ‘skyhomes’ of which two have sold at up to $11,100 per m2.

The inclusion of the north-facing skyhomes, a series of large penthouse style apartments, demonstrates a real commitment to quality on behalf of the developer.

A strong relationship between the architecture and interiors of the building has been carved in the development, with all elements cut from the same stone.

“This timeless approach to architecture is less steeped in fashion and creates a timeless, boutique feeling,” Brown says.

Priced from $399,000, INK’s affordable price tag allows first homeowners the rare chance to enter the West End market. Currently, the suburb’s median unit price sits at $560,000.

Designed for owner-occupiers first and foremost, early sales indicate a preference from downsizing couples and families to move to the area.

INK is the inspired outcome of transposing the splendour of 19th century West End and the gravitas of this era’s architectural grace with the clarity of vision required for contemporary living.

The $61 million development is currently selling, with construction expected to begin in early 2016 and is due for completion in 2017.

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