Delivering new infill projects in Brisbane’s inner-city suburbs is a challenge. If done poorly, community objections and planning restraints have the potential to make projects unfeasible.
This test case explores the idea of increasing suburban density through the inclusion of additional height whilst ensuring the following design outcomes are achieved:
The introduction of a new typology for medium-density development which promotes intergenerational neighbourhoods in the inner city would make way for the creation of more affordable housing options.
This proposal explores how we might provide homes suitable for young families and a mix of demographics.
Medium Density Response
A more realistic response in appropriate areas is required to achieve the density proposed in the South-East Queensland regional plan. Under the SEQ Regional Plan, Brisbane is expected to house a further 409,800 people. Given Brisbane’s largely built-out urban environment, many of these people (a predicted 94%) will be housed in infill developments.
Typical floor plan.
Any response must be sympathetic to Queensland’s sub-tropical environment, existing street character and privacy. These outcomes have informed the following test case and design principles for a medium density proposal on a typical suburban block.
Test Case Design Principles
Development timeline and design principles.
Local community action groups have significant influence over our built environment.
Successful developments acknowledge the importance of the community within the design process.
Engagement and consultation with these groups is key to the success of density in our suburbs.
With south-east Queensland’s growing population, density in inner city suburbs is unavoidable. Open-minded solutions that involve the community and embrace innovative design are required to save the future direction of our suburbs.
By Matt Martoo, Ellivo Architects and John Campbell, Elenberg Fraser Architects
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