An innovative vertical retirement living community in Brisbane’s north has been crowned at this year’s
Queensland Architecture Awards, with Alondra Residences taking out the Job & Froud Award for
Residential Architecture, Multiple Housing.
Owned by Lutheran Services, Alondra Residences is a 52-unit complex designed by multi-award-winning
architectural studio BVN to provide high quality and boutique retirement living for over 65s.
In announcing the award, the Australian Institute of Architects jury panel said Alondra was a fine example
of the vertical small house model, targeted at new consumers in retirement living who were accustomed
to a higher standard of living compared with generations past.
“Designed for outdoor living and inspired by nature, Alondra aims to foster a sense of community living
and active lifestyle for seniors within a visually connected garden setting,” the panel said.
“Lush gardens extend vertically on every level through the central green spine offering interstitial spaces
for social interaction and retreat.
“The subtropical homes are bright, airy and built for residents to age in place, with all apartments
designed to exceed liveable housing design guidelines gold standard.”
Alondra architect, BVN Senior Practice Director Terry Braddock said he was delighted to receive the Job
and Froud Award for Residential Housing – Multiple housing for Alondra Residences.
“The success of this project is the result of an innovative exploration into vertical retirement living in close
collaboration with Lutheran Services,” Mr Braddock said.
“The community was designed within a vertical typology and key to that was creating houses and gardens
up in the air, supported by spacious living areas and balconies, panoramic views and natural ventilation.”
Lutheran Services CEO Nick Ryan said the accolade was an incredible achievement that he was proud to
share and celebrate with BVN.
“Alondra was up against a range of residential buildings across the state – for a retirement community to
have come out on top is testament to BVN’s vision and innovation,” Mr Ryan said.
“The BVN team really designed Alondra for good living. The building was inspired by nature and the
essence of home life, and it is a beautiful and easy place in which to live.
“It is easy to see why our residents love coming home to this award-winning community.”
The Australian Institute of Architects Awards program offers an opportunity for public and peer
recognition of the innovative work of Queensland architects. The latest award comes hot off the heels of
the 2021 Australian Institute of Architecture Regional Awards, where Alondra took out a commendation in
the Residential Architecture category in May.
For more information visit the Alondra Residences sales office (25 Union Street, Nundah) on Tuesday to
Fridays from 10am until 4pm or call 0447 857 639 to book a private tour. Explore the project online at