City shapers are finding creative ways, whether it be through economic justification, planning policy shifts or simply visionary leadership and clever design, to embed biophilic design.
The guide is a first major step for Brisbane to driving a more biophilic approach to the delivery of built form. It illustrates how residential and commercial buildings within Brisbane’s inner city, transport corridors and principal regional activity centres, should be designed. Beyond advocating for green walls, roof tops and shady streets, the guide promotes walls and windows that open to natural light and air, captures breezes and transmits ambient light.
Council have further incentivised adoption of these principles through the development application process, guaranteeing an assessment timeframe of 20 business days if all the requirements of the New World City Design Guide: Buildings that Breathe checklist are met.
One of the best examples of biophilic design in practise and demonstration of the ‘buildings that breathe’ principles is the soon-to-be developed 443 Queen Street.
Designed by Architectus, the development is touted as Brisbane’s first inner-city subtropical high-rise residential tower.
Modelled on the concept of a traditional Queenslander house that ‘breathes’, the building is designed to effectively be a tower on stilts. Sky parks and gardens throughout the tower open to views of neighbouring heritage buildings and the Brisbane river.
It feels like we are at a very exciting time where the case for adopting biophilic design principles at all scales of development is increasingly considered critical.
Recognising that embedding natural elements in our urban environments is essential to our ability to function and develop. Getting this right is a fundamental factor in the long-term sustainability, health and ultimately bottom line success of our cities.
Nat’s article was first published in Architecture & Design.