New World City Design Guide - Buildings that Breathe

Brisbane City Council has prepared the New World City Design Guide - Buildings that Breathe which provides a shared vision for achieving subtropical building design in Brisbane. New buildings in Brisbane’s city centre, mixed-use inner city, transport corridors and principle regional activity centres 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 Brisbane City Centre Master Plan 2014, the non-statutory guide will complement Brisbane City Plan 2014 by providing an inspirational design benchmark for architects, planners, developers, property professionals and the broader community.

Illustrating best-practice examples and easy-to-understand design elements, practitioners will be encouraged to use the guide, which also includes a checklist, to help them in understanding and responding to the requirements of subtropical building design in Brisbane City Plan 2014.

Eight key design elements

The New World City Design Guide - Buildings that Breathe is a user-friendly, multi-dimensional tool underpinned by eight design elements that have been identified as key considerations to creating good subtropical architecture and ‘buildings that breathe’.

  • orientate yourself
  • occupy outdoor spaces
  • illuminate with daylight
  • natural air and ventilation
  • shade and protect
  • living greenery
  • identity matters
  • reduce energy and waste.

Download the guide

Download the New World City Design Guide - Buildings that Breathe:

DesignSMART

Council has also launched a DesignSMART service to provide industry with advice on how developments can align with the elements of the New World City Design Guide.

Timeline

March 2014

Brisbane City Centre Master Plan 2014 endorsed

Late 2014

Preparation of the draft City Centre Neighbourhood Plan

Early 2015

Background research for the draft Buildings that Breathe Design Guide

Mid-2015

Preparation of the draft Buildings that Breathe Design Guide

August - September 2015

Draft City Centre neighbourhood plan release and public consultation

10 October 2015

Public consultation on the Draft Buildings that Breathe Design Guide elements at the Green City Picnic

9 December 2015

Draft Buildings that Breathe Design Guide release and public comment

Mid-2016

Finalise and release the New World City Design Guide - Buildings that Breathe

More information

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19 January 2017