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.
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.
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.