Qualita Group Pty Ltd is seeking approval for 16 units over seven-storeys plus two basement carparking levels in Kings Beach. Pictures: OGE Architects
Qualita Group Pty Ltd is seeking approval for 16 units over seven-storeys plus two basement carparking levels in Kings Beach. Pictures: OGE Architects

Novel about Caloundra inspires proposed unit complex design

A Sunshine Coast company has taken inspiration from a novel about the Pumicestone Passage to design a new seven-storey unit block with 270-degree water views.

Directors Vietnamese-born Alan Luong and Canadian-born Daniel Adam Kerry O'Neil are behind the 16-unit development on King St at Kings Beach.

The development would be one of the highest buildings on the street block and was likely to block the view of an apartment building at its rear.

It would replace the existing four-bedroom beach cottage on the site.

Council documents showed the new development's design, described as "artful", was inspired by Vance Palmer's 1930 book, The Passage.

The author penned the book while living with is wife Nettie in a cottage in Caloundra.

"It is the business of thought to define things, to find the boundaries; thought, indeed, is a ceaseless process of definition," he wrote in the book.

"It is the business of art to give things shape. Anyone who takes no delight in the firm outline of an object, or in its essential character, has no artistic sense. He cannot even be nourished by art."

The project was poised to be named The Callaway after the protagonist, Lew Callaway.

Council documents showed the project aimed to reflect "Kings Beach's architectural and landscape vernacular and core characteristics of coastal living".

The subtropical design would focus on indoor-outdoor living.

OGE Architects plans showed design elements would be taken from the existing "fisherman shack" on the site.

Qualita Group Pty Ltd is seeking approval for 16 units over seven-storeys plus two basement carparking levels in Kings Beach. Picture: Supplied
Qualita Group Pty Ltd is seeking approval for 16 units over seven-storeys plus two basement carparking levels in Kings Beach. Picture: Supplied

The building would consist of 11 three-bedroom and five two-bedroom units from 89sq m, plus balconies.

Five different unit designs were put forward.

The units on the upper levels would have 270-degree water views.

A 104sq m communal open space with plunge pool, storage lockers and bar and meals area were also proposed.

Adjoining developments comprise the seven-storey Amalfi residential building, and four-storey Spanish Villa and King Towers residential complexes.