Architecture
Get the first glimpse of W Brisbane's five-star Australian arrival
Design

Get the first glimpse of W Brisbane’s five-star Australian arrival

The term ‘five-star’ isn’t thrown around lightly – it’s reserved for the crème de la crème. The best of the best. W Brisbane has long been touted as a five-star experience worth looking forward to, and first impressions indicate that the hotel has delivered on its promise. Opening today, Friday June 1, W Brisbane is the first five-star hotel arrive in Brisbane in 20 years, marking the return of W Hotels Worldwide to Australia. With more than 300 suites, a marquee restaurant, stunning design and world-class amenities, it’s going to be hard to to settle for anything less than five stars from now on. more

Architecture
This George Street hotel is set to get a seriously lush makeover
Design

This George Street hotel is set to get a seriously lush makeover

George Street’s existing Great Southern Hotel is set to get a massive new lease on life, with a development application submitted for an extension that includes some seriously exciting additions. If you like the sound of rooftop dining, lush green courtyards and exciting street-art activations, you’ll want to watch this space. more

Architecture
Dining by design – Martha St Village looks to locals for retail suggestions
Design

Dining by design – Martha St Village looks to locals for retail suggestions

Any local politician or development company will tell you, swaying public opinion is one of the toughest parts of the job. We’re fiercely protective of our neighbourhoods, so much so that we’ve got no problem voicing our opinion when any new arrival sets roots in our cul-de-sacs. Marquee Developments – the team behind new development Martha St Village – has decided to include the Coorparoo and Camp Hill populace in its decision making, inviting community input on what restaurants, cafes and bars should feature in the precinct’s retail line-up. more

Architecture
Mega entertainment precinct Brisbane Live takes a step closer to becoming a reality
Design

Mega entertainment precinct Brisbane Live takes a step closer to becoming a reality

The future is bright for Brisbane’s live music and entertainment scene as one of the most ambitious projects ever proposed for the city takes a big step closer to fruition. A report from The Courier-Mail indicates that the Brisbane Live project has received bi-partisan support from both sides of the state government, with the impressive addition set to be delivered by the Cross River Rail Development Authority in partnership with AEG-Ogden. more

Architecture
Central Plaza One's The Annex to get a new lease on life with laneway development
Design

Central Plaza One’s The Annex to get a new lease on life with laneway development

There’s something so satisfying about seeing someone – or something – get a second chance. Time is often unkind to buildings, rendering them dated or with spaces that are underused. This is why it’s so exciting to see spaces in our city being repurposed and renovated, bringing them into the future for everyone to enjoy in new ways. A Brisbane City icon has been put forward for a new lease on life, with the proposed development creating some brand-new opportunities for the space. more


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Architecture
South Bank’s growth mapped out in new visionary report
Design

South Bank’s growth mapped out in new visionary report

The southern bank of Brisbane River’s inner-city stretch is more than just a great spot to take a snap of The City’s skyline – it is a picturesque destination in its own right. For decades, South Bank has stood as a prominent meeting point, dining destination and cultural hub, and its evolution shows no signs of stagnating. A report by Business South Bank showcases ideas for the future planning of the precinct over the next two decades, shaped by input from South Bank stakeholders keen to see it the area expand into a global destination. more

Architecture
You can quit lusting after Melbourne now – West End is getting four new public laneways
Design

You can quit lusting after Melbourne now – West End is getting four new public laneways

West End has long been a popular spot amongst Brisbane’s trend setters and arty peeps. It’s hard to resist the suburb’s charm as a melting pot of different cultures – from the food to the people, this inner-city gem has a solid reputation as Brisbane’s capital of cool. The 4101 postcode envy is set to peak with the announcement of West Village’s plan to create four new public laneways in the precinct. more

Architecture
Get a special sneak peek at the iconic spaces of our city during Brisbane Open House
Design

Get a special sneak peek at the iconic spaces of our city during Brisbane Open House

A wise man once said, “If you had one shot – one opportunity – to seize everything you ever wanted … would you capture it or just let it slip?” While Eminem may not have been talking explicitly about Brisbane Open House, his words can definitely be applied to the event. On the weekend of October 7–8, visitors are provided with the super-rare chance to gain access to some of our city’s most interesting, iconic and often totally private spaces. Whether you’re an architecture die-hard, a bit of a design nerd or just have a bit of a curious streak, this is one weekend you won’t want to miss. more

Architecture
Brookwater’s Street of Dreams pairs desire and design as the perfect housemates
Design

Brookwater’s Street of Dreams pairs desire and design as the perfect housemates

Say what you will about the fastidious, but there’s no denying that planning really pays off. There’s a sense of calm when you enter a space that is not only functional but beautiful, especially because these two ideals seem to often be at odds with each other. The acclaimed Brookwater community proves that pairing these elements is not only possible but also highly encouraged, and its latest display village takes the concept to a new level. The Street of Dreams provides a taste of the future for those keen to build at or move to the exclusive master-planned community, bringing together some of the country’s most creative minds to make it happen. more

Architecture
The public art report for Queen’s Wharf opens up a world of colourful possibilities
Design

The public art report for Queen’s Wharf opens up a world of colourful possibilities

Regardless of your feelings about the current Queen’s Wharf development, we can all agree that this absolutely mammoth piece of real estate makes for a pretty prime canvas. Such a large and diverse space opens up the artistic possibilities to a whole new level, as well as a set of challenges when it comes to respecting the history of the space. An exciting public art report from Destination Brisbane Consortium has just been released for Queen’s Wharf, proposing some ideas and concepts that are sure to turn heads. more

Architecture
James Turrell set to illuminate GOMA with a spectacular light installation
Design

James Turrell set to illuminate GOMA with a spectacular light installation

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rather large rock, you may have caught wind that our beloved Gallery of Modern Art is celebrating its tenth birthday this year. GOMA has been pulling out all the stops in a series of presents to the people, featuring everything from late-night concerts and sweet exhibitions to permanent art. The latest gift comes in the form of a breathtaking light installation from internationally acclaimed artist James Turrell, who is set to illuminate the building’s iconic facade. more

Architecture
David Bromley signs on to transform West Village into a work of art
Design

David Bromley signs on to transform West Village into a work of art

As we get ever closer to the arrival of West End’s newest hub, news has come down the pipeline of an impressive artist-in-residence program that will see acclaimed artists David and Yuge Bromley turn West Village into their own canvas. The duo will create magnificent murals that will reportedly be visible from the CBD, blurring the line between architecture and art. more

Architecture
Woolloongabba’s Broadway Hotel could be resurrected by a new proposed development
Design

Woolloongabba’s Broadway Hotel could be resurrected by a new proposed development

For the past seven years, the Broadway Hotel on Balaclava Street in Woolloongabba has stood forlorn and empty after a fire ravaged the building’s interior. In good news for restoration advocates, Majella Property Developments has submitted a development application that could see a new mixed-use building rise alongside the old hotel, while the corner pub will reportedly receive a full renewal. more