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Benefits to building green into our city.

Benefits to building green into our city.

As designers, developers, and property professionals work toward embedding green into our city, and buildings celebrate the role of landscape architecture, the community will enjoy the many benefits of enriching our urban biodiversity by building green into Brisbane.

Landscape architecture has never been more integral to sustainable urban growth and quality of life in bursting cities.

There are significant gains for high density urban communities when landscape architects apply principles which maximise the value of external spaces and integrate greenery into the building. We love the example of Park Royal on Pickering.

Singapore-based WOHA Architects working with Landscape Consultant Tierra Design to develop the design for Park Royal on Pickering. Photo by Patrick Bingham-Hall
Singapore-based WOHA Architects working with Landscape Consultant Tierra Design to develop the design for Park Royal on Pickering. Photo by Patrick Bingham-Hall

We have identified eight significant gains, these are:

  1. Assist in reducing our energy needs.
  2. Help reduce the distribution of dust and particulate matter throughout the city. This can play a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting urban areas to a future climate.
  3. Help reduce the ‘urban heat effect’ commonly experienced in densely populated areas.
  4. Planting filters out toxins in the air.
  5. Help cultivate a variety of invertebrates, and provide a habitat for various bird species. By acting as a stepping stone habitat for migrating species, they can link species together, that would otherwise be fragmented.
  6. Offer health benefits for the inhabitants of the property, can increase the inhabitant’s mental and physical health.
  7. Help to reduce noise pollution, as planting can absorb sound waves, reducing the damaging effects of high levels of ongoing noise to your hearing and health – hearing impairment, hypertension and ischemic heart disease, annoyance and sleep disturbance.
  8. Create community and psychological well-being, as outdoor spaces serve as community hubs that help build social cohesion, sense of community, and public safety.
  9. Create opportunities for urban agriculture practices.
Singapore-based WOHA Architects have long been advocates of the ultimate ‘green city’. Photo by Patrick Bingham-Hall.
Singapore-based WOHA Architects have long been advocates of the ultimate ‘green city’. Photo by Patrick Bingham-Hall.

Our team enjoy being able to create beautiful communal spaces and outdoor environments, which not only increase a building’s marketability, but more importantly, enrich our urban biodiversity by building green.

If you would like more information on how to integrate greenery and thereby maximise the appeal and building’s marketability, through our Landscape Architecture services, feel free to contact our team.

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Buildings that Breathe.

Buildings that Breathe.

It was inspiring to hear about the vision for Brisbane at the Buildings that Breathe event, held at AIA’s head office. The recent release of the draft Buildings that Breathe Design Guide, establishes a bold vision to incorporate subtropical building design across south east Queensland, helping shape a more vibrant, organic Brisbane city.

Image source: Brisbane City Council.
Image source: Brisbane City Council.

This inspiring benchmark for Architects, Landscape Architects and Property Developers, and Property Professionals alike, include key elements to consider in the building design approach. The plan considers important elements that can help guide design.

The eight key elements outlined were:

  • Orientate your development
  • Occupy outdoor spaces
  • Living greenery
  • Illuminate with daylight
  • Natural air and ventilation
  • Shade and protect
  • Identity matters (choice of materials)
  • Reduce energy and waste

It was energising to see how the importance of integrating innovative urban gardens and planting designs suited to subtropical climates, are a priority for Brisbane’s future. As more and more people demand the use of functional outdoor spaces in developments, it is great to see more and more buildings being engineered to withstand trafficable gardens and outdoor living environments.

Image source: Brisbane City Council
Image source: Brisbane City Council
Building locations for greenery.
Building locations for greenery.

Our design team are working harder than ever, to find new ways of embracing our subtropical climate in the design of outdoor spaces, sky terraces and balconies. We look to find new ways to bring living greenery to rooftops, walls and other vertical structures, and create innovative elevated gardens and bringing shade, comfort and protection to users.

Together, as a city, let’s embrace the draft Buildings that Breathe Design Guide, and align with the overall vision for south east Queensland future, promoting it in the design of our future developments.

2016 is set to be an exciting year for the design of developments across southeast Queensland.

If you would like more information on how we can help you incorporate elements of the draft Buildings that Breathe Design Guide in your development, contact our team.