How Queen’s Wharf Will Help Shape Brisbane’s Public Realm

The $3 billion Queen’s Wharf Integrated Resort Development will be a city-changing development for Brisbane, with the creation of more than 2000 jobs during peak construction and 8000 jobs when operational in 2022. Urbis are leading the master planning and development approval strategy for the Queen’s Wharf development. Here, they discuss the importance of designing the public […]

The $3 billion Queen’s Wharf Integrated Resort Development will be a city-changing development for Brisbane, with the creation of more than 2000 jobs during peak construction and 8000 jobs when operational in 2022.

Urbis are leading the master planning and development approval strategy for the Queen’s Wharf development. Here, they discuss the importance of designing the public spaces so that the project is integrated within the existing fabric of Brisbane City.

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane connects the city and its people to many of its greatest assets – none greater than the river. It’s just a stone’s throw from the botanic gardens, the Roma Street Parklands and the Queen Street Mall. It captures views to Mt Cootha and the surrounding ranges and serves as a gateway to stunning Moreton Bay.

The development is uniquely “Brisbane” and will have a great influence on the city’s public realm, ensuring the growing metropolis can take its place on the world stage.

A high-quality public realm – the streets, squares, parks, green spaces and other outdoor places that are available, without charge, for everyone to use – is essential for truly competitive cities.

Weaving A New Design Language Into The Fabric Of The City

The team at Urbis, who were engaged by the Destination Brisbane Consortium bid team in 2013 to develop the 12-hectare site, is now proudly leading the master planning and development approval strategy for the project.

For Urbis senior landscape architects Andrew Kyriacou and Mona Koehbach, the experience of designing the public spaces surrounding the new hotel, residential, casino and entertainment precinct, has been about maintaining the intent of the development and integrating it within the fabric of the city.

“It’s a matter of balancing the needs between the public and the private, and how you make them complement each other,” Kyriacou said.

“You need to bring the people in, give them enough shaded amenity and programmed activity, and connect all of the elements together to make something more significant than the sum of its parts – scale and intimacy of the plaza spaces are critical.”

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Source: The Urban Developer

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