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These are among the Gold Coast’s most influential people.

The powerbrokers, movers and shakers, those at the top of their game, celebrities, entrepreneurs and CEOs who are putting the city on the map. Our journalists and editors have spent weeks debating whose influence and work matters most in 2022 – and now it’s your turn to read, argue, ponder and share the second instalment: development and construction heavyweights.

The new 10-story residential tower, Norfolk, by Koichi Takada Architects is a perfect example of biomimcry in architecture. Inspired by the Norfolk Pines near its site of Burleigh Heads on the Australian coast, this structure mimics the organizational logic of the Norfolk pinecone. The pinecone uses overlapping layers to protect its seeds within. In the same way, this project uses undulating and oversized floor slabs to provide shade for residents.

Australian firm Koichi Takada Architects has completed a mixed-use apartment block on Queensland’s Gold Coast featuring retractable slatted wooden screens and thin balconies that reference the form of a pinecone.

Located on Goodwin Terrace, a strip of coastline at the southern end of Burleigh Heads Beach, the 1,012-square-metre seafront site has been developed for property developer FORME.


A new development application by Brisbane-based Forme has been submitted which will expand James James Street towards New Farm and continue the popular retail high street’s unique subtropical architecture.

James Street, which has largely developed an architectural style of its own, through a well orchestrated evolution of developments would receive its second medium scale commercial building which is proposed for 75-85 James Street, Fortitude Valley.

Its Fortitude Valley pop-ups have been a whopping success attracting long queues with wood-fired treats, now Agnes Bakery has announced where and when it will open for good.

Pictured above are: Co-owners Ty Simon and Ben Williamson will open Agnes Bakery in James St, New Farm. Picture: Liam Kidston.




Prominent Queensland business entrepreneurs and philanthropists Cathie Reid and Stuart Giles have bought a beachfront apartment in one of the Gold Coast’s most luxurious new developments. The co-founders of the Icon Cancer Care Group and the Epic Good Foundation took to social media this week to reveal their latest investment — a custom, two-level beach house in a new boutique project in Burleigh Heads.


Norfolk’s unique dual-level beach house of 539m2 has been secured as construction of the Goodwin Terrace icon tracks for April completion. With exclusive park and beach frontage, the private residence includes a private pool, social bar, entertainment room, media lounge, and five bedrooms including a substantial master wing.

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BURLEIGH is the Coast’s new construction mecca with more than $5 billion of development under way or in the pipeline. Interstate demand for the popular postcode’s new developments, Luna and Norfolk Burleigh, is “off the charts” with $100 million in pre-sales. COVID-19 has failed to dampen interest, with five times more cranes in the city as there are active cases.

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Construction will commence this month on Luna, a considered collection of eight full-floor residences on the revered Burleigh Heads beachfront address of Goodwin Terrace.

Prominent developers Forme appointed multi award-winning builders McNab Construction to the luxury boutique development. Demolition of the existing building, formerly occupied by The Fish House restaurant, has been completed.

As the sun sets on the tenure of The Fish House restaurant on February 28, a new phase of beachfront perfection will soon rise from its revered Goodwin Terrace site. Luna is a considered collection of just eight full-floor residences set against a breathtaking ocean and skyline backdrop.

New Gold Coast icon to rise above Burleigh beach.

Innovative Queensland development company Forme is ready to unleash a sophisticated beachfront project that will forever change the residential landscape of Burleigh Heads.