Australian Financial Review: Architects Rothelowman like to emphasise they are not Melbourne architects in Brisbane. But what they brought to Brisbane five years ago was certainly very “Melbourne”.
“We think we brought a new approach to Brisbane with more height and more variety,” principal Jeff Brown said. “That type of architecture hadn’t been tested here – in Melbourne it had and I think we have brought some of that up here.”
The firm is responsible for the design of 1600 apartments that are currently available for sale in Brisbane or about $450 million worth. There has been plenty more over the last five years and through that delivery a local in places like South Brisbane can see the distinct change.
With careful consideration, Rothelowman’s architects made sure that the Melbourne type of apartment design was not simply lifted up and dumped into the Brisbane market but that elements of it were.
“There is not the straight glass up and down – they are buildings responding to the subtropical environment of Brisbane,” Mr Brown said.
He said Brisbane people had embraced apartment living but only because of the effort that had gone into making apartments and the surrounds better. Superior amenity, more greenery, enhanced sustainability have all been crucial to design and to bring Brisbane up to date.
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