To compete in a competitive global market, Brisbane will take advantage of its distinctive attributes and cultivate a unique identity. Embracing its desirable climate, Council has prepared the Buildings that Breathe Design Guide to provide a shared vision for achieving subtropical building design in Brisbane. New high-density buildings in Brisbane will embrace the subtropical climate by opening up to cooling breezes, providing lush landscaping, shade and comfort. Showcasing the highest standards of design and construction, these developments will contribute to Australia’s New World City identity by creating an enviable and lush urban environment that attracts investment and tourism, celebrates our lifestyle and stimulates economic activity.
An initiative of the City Centre Master Plan 2014, the non-statutory guide provides an overarching vision for new high-density buildings and inspirational design benchmark for architects, planners, developers, property professionals and the broader community. The Design Guide is a user-friendly, multi-dimensional tool underpinned by eight design elements that have been identified as key considerations to creating good subtropical architecture. Illustrating best-practice examples and easy-to-understand design elements, practitioners will be encouraged to use the guide to deliver buildings that breathe in our city.