Design outcomes: Liveability and function

Quality-designed housing meets the needs of residents and allows households to enjoy Brisbane’s unique lifestyle. Central to this is supporting indoor-outdoor living, active travel, community interaction opportunities and housing that supports all abilities and ages.

Quality residential developments are liveable and functional by incorporating:

  • connections to open space, pedestrian and cycle paths, local centres and public transport
  • easily accessible, secure and undercover bicycle storage areas
  • universal design features to support people of all abilities, such as those referenced in the Liveable Housing Design Guidelines
  • centrally located communal outdoor areas with shade structures that can accommodate a variety of uses
  • well-proportioned private outdoor areas that seamlessly connect to indoor living spaces 
  • shared services such as car share spaces, a bench seat at the letter box or exercise and play equipment that encourage community interactions
  • building entrances that provide shelter from weather elements and are easily accessible form the street. For more information, refer to the Crime prevention through environmental design planning scheme policy
  • driveways and parking areas are designed as low-speed communal spaces that consider the needs of pedestrians and children. For more information, refer to the Transport, access, parking and servicing planning scheme policy
  • durable materials that age well in Brisbane’s climate
  • adaptable layouts to allow for flexibility and to meet changing household needs.

Photo gallery

View photos below showing design characteristics of liveability and function. Alternatively, view the album online in Flickr.

Low-to-medium Residential Design Guide: Liveability and Function
Last updated:17 February 2020