Norman Reach Apartments and River Villas

Located on the banks of the Brisbane River opposite the iconic Brisbane Powerhouse is Norman Reach, a luxurious apartment complex with split level villas fronting the river.


The site’s key constraints of a steep gradient falling towards the river, with a vertical river bank, was overcome through clever architectural terracing in external areas and within the building’s internal layouts. A laneway provides common access to the villas and a pedestrian friendly shared space. The intersection of the laneway consists of cobble sets to provide a plaza style visual cue which leads pedestrians to a central spine zig-zag staircase down to the river viewing deck and marina.


A 25m long pool on a recreation terrace with views to the city skyline is located on top of a 240KL rainwater tank; a location determined by us as requiring minimal excavation.


This project demonstrates attention to detail and the close collaboration between architect and landscape architect.






Norman Park, Brisbane, Queensland



Completed in 2008

Undertaken whilst at GMG



Greg Thomas – project lead


Project Phase

Concept through to Construction Services; Novated contract.



Stockland Apartments



Cox Rayner Architects

Robert Bird Group – Engineers

Jensen Bowers – Planner


Sustainability & Innovation

• Location 240KL rainwater tank under swimming pool.

• Rain garden wrapping around staircase to river deck.


Awards & Recognition

2009 AIA Regional Architecture Award commendation – Cox Rayner


Photograph Credit

Greg Thomas