Brisbane, it’s said, is the largest subtropical city in the world with an Anglo culture. And, it seemed, for a good part of its history, the climate was something to work around in order to maintain the look and feel of a British city. Eating a restaurant meal outdoors, for instance, was pretty much unheard of until after Expo 88.
How things have changed. Today, there’s a seamlessness between indoors and out that is one of the most attractive features of Brisbane design.
The latest trendy restaurant on South Bank, with a plush couch just outside the entrance.
During the day, outdoor seating on north-facing restaurants has to accommodate for the intensity of the sun.
Black-and-white blinds for a sidewalk cafe in Woolloongabba.
Purpose-built pavillions are integrated into the downtown pedestrian malls:.
Outdoor-style seating is even incorporated into interior spaces, like this example at the James Street market:
One of my favourite spaces is the cafe for Queensland’s State Library – practically wall-less, protected by the overhang of the building:
But in most cases, Brisbaners don’t have to leave home for the indoor-outdoor experience: it’s incorporated into their homes, with large balconies or verandas that are practically indistinguishable from the living rooms, separated only by folding glass walls that remain open for a good part of the year: