The subtropical residential tower: An investigation by Design Charrette

Kennedy, Rosemary J. & Thompson, Shane (2011) The subtropical residential tower: An investigation by Design Charrette. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Journal, IV, pp. 24-29.

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QUT's Centre for Subtropical Design (CSD) partnered with a major developer to bring together some of Brisbane’s most experienced and creative architects and designers in a two-day intensive design charrette to propose innovative design strategies for naturally-ventilated high rise residential buildings.

An inner-urban renewal site in Queensland’s capital city Brisbane gave four multi-disciplinary teams the opportunity to address a raft of issues that developers and consultants will confront more and more in the future in warm humid climates.

The quest to release apartment dwellers from dependence on energy-hungry air-conditioning and artificial lighting was central to the design brief for the towers. Mentored by Richard Hassell of WOHA, the creative teams focussed on climate-responsive design principles for passive climate control including orientation, cross-ventilation and outdoor living in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and offset occupants’ rising energy costs.

This article discusses how outcomes of the charrette take their cue from the city’s subtropical climate and demonstrate how high-density high-rise living can be attractive, affordable and sustainable through positive engagement with the subtropical climate’s natural attributes.

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ID Code: 46882
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Natural Ventilation, Thermal Comfort, Subtropical Climate, Residential Design
ISSN: 1946-1186
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Deposited On: 08 Nov 2011 06:06
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2016 22:06

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