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Density + Character

Can higher density go hand in hand with character?

The words ‘higher density’ brings up images of bland brick 1960s unit blocks or Gold Coast style towers. Residents worry about the character of their neighborhoods being destroyed or something big and ugly being built next to them.

There are many examples of developments which are, well , ugly. Developers would face less opposition if their designs actually complemented the surrounding areas, perhaps by borrowing elements from Queenslander style homes around them – tin, wood and weather-board like panels. Vegetation can also be used effectively to frame and soften buildings.

It’s said the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This post looks at examples of Brisbane townhouses, apartments and units for accommodating more people on less land, that (in your correspondent’s opinion) actually look nice.

1. Elements of Queenslander style design reflecting 'timber and tin' are clear. This development is a compact 2 storey height, inner city location with balcony. Simply amazing!

2. Not far away from 1. are these townhouses. Tin, sloping roof and wooden slats for a fence and balcony for enjoying the Queensland outdoors. Each townhouse also has a water tank in a compact front yard.

3. The bulk of residences can be discreetly hidden from the view of the street. West End

4. Another example of tin and wood elements incorporated into the design. Although 3 storeys high, trees and vegetation soften and break up the visual impact of the building. West End


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May 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm

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