Further to the post below, here are more images on how Brisbane uses colour in its architecture – and in doing so turns structural elements into art.

For instance, this is a screen that likely covers an above-ground parkade on Queen Street – their major pedestrian mall:


In amazing detail:


Or these green-and-purple louvres on the new children’s hospital:


Even grates and street furniture don’t shy away from colour intensity:


  1. When comparing Brisbane’s bold use of colour to Vancouver, it’s good to keep in mind the climate. Brisbane is in a much hotter climate, whereas Vancouver is wet and rainy. Our architecture and colours certainly reflect that, as they should I believe. Yes we could use more architectural variety but I think that should be seen as much in differing materials than simply a big chunk of bright red on one side of a building. That’s hardly creative. Yes, I’m thinking of the condo towers near Rogers Arena.

    That said, the green and purple louvres on the new children’s hospital look super cool.

  2. Agreed, the colour on Spectrum is largely “leftover” spaces that appear as an afterthought, rather than being integrated into the design of the tower.
    More thoughtful deisgn would require larger solid surface areas, which are not common on residential towers.

    The Rolston (next to the Yale Hotel) will incorporate red in and around its balconies – that one will have more colour integrated into the design than any other tower around – at least any that are market condos. Social housing projects and institutional projects (which do not need to cater to the masses for sales) tend to have more colour than market condos.

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