Designing Brisbane

Brisbane’s influx of development has spawned a new generation of residents ready to embrace the vibrant culture being established in this rapidly growing city.

The increase in residential development in particular has seen a huge shift in the way Queenslanders live and perceive their capital city, combined with an understanding of architecture and design that’s never been seen before.

What’s driving the architectural change in Brisbane is the city’s strong economic growth, paired with the progressive attitudes of its young and family-focused residents.

The city is now one of the strongest in Australia in terms of the cost of living, property prices and growth, enhanced by visitors and students from all over the world.

This economic growth has been a catalyst for a series of cultural changes that now underpin the modern lifestyle of Brisbane residents. Residents now value amenity, infrastructure and lifestyle more than the traditional desire for a big backyard.

With this cultural shift now well established, it’s the role of developers and architects to deliver on lifestyle by seizing opportunities for increased and improved inner-city development. There’s a strong ability to deliver on projects and development in a timely way given the singular local council authority that exists in Brisbane.

Brisbane design is unique in the way new developments respond to their environment. In Melbourne, it’s quite often about trying to maintain the temperature of homes in cooler weather, which is the opposite of Brisbane homes that actively embrace the elements.

This means more generous balconies, outdoor living areas and connectivity to exterior spaces, which generally make up 15 to 20 per cent of the total living area. This figure is generally up to double that of southern states, reinforcing the ability to embrace Brisbane’s relatively benign year-round climate.

The South Brisbane and West End peninsula in particular has been a hotspot for Rothelowman projects, as a semi-industrial and formerly under utilised area despite its prime location.

In recent years, after receiving millions of dollars in infrastructure, South Brisbane has been the subject of a major urban renewal project. This is set to continue with the evolution and implementation of the Brisbane City Council led Kurilpa Plan currently being reviewed with the State Government.

These new projects complement the area’s established variety of restaurants, museums, entertainment precincts and public transport options.

While most residents are embracing this positive change, development on this scale remains relatively recent and requires sensitivity.

Rothelowman is committed to balancing the longstanding culture of Brisbane with the realities of growing a city in a way that’s economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.

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