Promenade Residence #47 by BGD Architects

Who needs a Blue Grotto when you’ve got a Gold Coast?


Ah, Capri!  Isle of  sun, steep cliffs and mountain views, the famous Blue Grotto. Land of ancient Greeks and Romans.  Surrounded by the Mediterranean and … whoops, not that Capri.

The one we’re looking for is on Australia’s Gold Coast in the bends of the Nerang River, home to Surfer’s Paradise, once-upon-a-time IndyCar open-wheel racing and contemporary architecture to rival LA.

At #47 The Promenade, those huge doors facing the river strike a memory of the large doors high above the lake at Mod Cott on the Lake by Mell Lawrence Architects. The corten steel screen panels on the upper floor help deliver a “glowing lantern” appearance at night and strike another memory – this one of mid-century-modern Arkansas, USA, of all places.

Although not a wide lot by comparison to neighbours, BGD have made the most of the slight pie-shape.  The aerial-views comparison from Google and Bing plus Street View (November 2009) show plenty of action on The Promenade, with additional development by BGD across the street.

The design and execution of details at 47 The Promenade may build their own memory footprint over time: double-height doors, screenwork, lap pool with terraces at each end, the interior courtyard.  This is the new, famous, Isle of Capri.


Promenade Residence #47 by BGD Architects
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Original Street View Date: November 2009


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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia


Promenade Residence #47 by BGD Architects

From the architect:

Situated on an exclusive residential street, the owner purchased this waterfront property with the view to engage an architect to create their dream home. The home was designed for a family of four with the brief to achieve ideal spaces for work, rest and play. The internal planning required a clever balance to achieve a house of private spaces with maximised outlooks to the Surfers Paradise skyline. Corten steel screens wrap the first floor bedrooms providing a veil for the bedroom spaces facing the river and the road.

The approach to the house presents a structured and grounded design balanced by the delicate screen pattern and soft landscaping. At night, the house transforms to a glowing lantern, welcoming guests for the views to come. Entry via the side arbour gradually opens upon a generous internal courtyard which looks through the main living area, framing the city skyline.

A major design feature was the inclusion of a luxury two storey space to the waterfront edge with custom double storey sliding doors. This enables views to be brought right into the heart of the house and across the internal courtyard to the street front rooms. Each layer of glazing and the waterfront screens can be pulled back almost out of sight to allow the house to breath effortlessly all day long. Louvered glazing has been utilised throughout the home to promote cross ventilation via natural breezes. The indoor/outdoor waterfront room, provides a multifunctional extension that capitalises on the property locale and climate conditions.

The external finishes including recycled timber, corten steel and polished concrete provide a low maintenance and contemporary solution. The internal finishes compliment the external colour pallete and provide a practical and beautiful aesthetic.

Underground water tanks, solar hot water and LED lighting were incorporated to ensure efficient living for the owners and reduced environmental impact.


Architecture: BGD Architects
Design Architect: Bayden Goddard
Project Architect: Marcus Rosner
Interior Design: BGD Architects – Kate Richards
Photographer: Murray Rix – Rix Ryan Photography