Turrisi Properties has commenced construction on the $51 million West End development Bohemia two months after launching sales.

Turrisi Properties managing director Gaetano Turrisi says the short lead time is a reflection of the strong interest in Bohemia. “We are already moving toward 50 percent sold, and that’s allowed us to break ground ahead of programme,” Mr Turrisi said.

Bohemia is being developed by Turrisi in partnership with other Brisbane-based firms. Sommer and Staff Builders are responsible for construction, and Rothelowman architects are handling the design. Integrating the building into the existing landscape of West End is important to all parties. One side of the building features a jagged saw-tooth roof pattern, a response to the warehouses of West Ends’s past; the other displays contrasting white panels in reference to the area’s timber and tin cottages. “With Brisbane-based builders, architects and a local developer involved in the project, we are all invested in delivering an outstanding development that enhances West End,” Mr Turrisi said.

While honouring the suburb’s past, Rothelowman’s design reflects the modern West End in Bohemia’s interiors, using varying lustures and shades of materials throughout.

Mr Turrisi says the location on Jane Street has strong appeal for people living in the area. “It’s not even 500 metres to all the bars, cafes and live music venues on Boundary Street, and it’s a 100 metre stroll to the greenery of Davies Park and the farmers’ market,” Mr Turrisi said.

Bohemia includes a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2017.