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New World City Design Guide:
Buildings that Breathe

Arkhefield in collaboration with Brisbane City Council and Urbis prepared the New World City Design Guide: Buildings that Breathe to provide a shared vision for achieving subtropical building design in Brisbane.

As an initiative of the City Centre Master Plan 2014, the non-statutory guide provides an overarching vision for new high-density buildings and design benchmarks for architects, planners, developers, property professionals and the broader community.

The Design Guide is a multi-dimensional tool for creating good subtropical architecture. Illustrating best-practice examples and easy-to-understand design elements, it will ensure each individual building in the city is incrementally contributing to best practice outcomes in terms of the public, cultural and sustainable quality of our city.

The ultimate benefit of the design guide will be the cumulative effect of numerous subtropical buildings being erected across the city over time to create a subtropical cityscape that is recognised and respected nationally and internationally.


Location: Brisbane

Client: Brisbane City Council

Practice: Arkhefield with
Brisbane City Council + Urbis


AIA Qld State Award for Sustainable Architecture

AIA Qld State Commendation for Urban Design

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