Exploring Brisbane’s Architectural Heritage
25 June 2013
Brisbane has been described as a modern city with the heart of a charming country town, yet there is a lot more to Australia’s third-largest city. Brisbane has its own cultural attractions, among with is its cutting-edge architecture and strong architectural heritage. If you are visiting Brisbane, you could check out these examples of Brisbane architectural character.
South Bank Cultural Centre
The Queensland Cultural Centre in Brisbane’s South Bank is home to a number of interesting architectural points. If you are staying in one of the hotels or apartments in Brisbane CBD, you can access Southbank by simply walking across the bridge. Southbank is home to the Centre houses the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Queensland Museum, the State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Art Gallery, and the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.
- Awards. The original part of the centre opened in 1985 and was designed by the renowned Robin Gibson and Partners. In 2010, the designers were awarded the 25 Year Award for Enduring Architecture by the Australian Institute of Architects.
- GOMA. The Gallery of Modern Art building has been bestowed with a number of awards, including the Australian Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal.
- Gardens and other attractions. Along with its interesting modern architecture, the centre is close to public sub-tropical gardens, cafes, restaurants, and bookshops, making it an excellent place to pass an afternoon.
The Treasury Casino
Brisbane’s Treasury Casino building is a heritage-listed building situated on Queen Street in the heart of the CBD. The building takes up an entire city block and was opened in 1930. It features sandstone ashlar exteriors and was designed by John James Clark.
The architectural style has been likened to that of 16th century Italian design, and the entrance facing Queen St features a large staircase. In 1992, the building was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.
Brisbane City Hall
Brisbane’s City Hall is considered one of the best and most important buildings in the city. The Hall functions as the seat of the City Council. Located next to King George Square, the Hall also has entryways on Ann St and Adelaide St.
The City Hall was designed in accordance with the style of the Italian Renaissance by the architectural firm Hall & Prentice, using granite, brick, steel, and concrete. The building was listed on the Register of the National Estate in 1978. Along with official functions, the Hall is used for everything from concerts and pageants to royal receptions and flower shows.
The City Hall features a 70m clock tower, a 2,500-capacity auditorium, a sculptured pediment known as the tympanum, and sculptures of King George V and lions.
Queen Street Mall Roofing Structure
The Queen Street Mall is Brisbane’s most popular shopping strip, but it is also home to a major point of architectural interest, as the roofing structure along the Mall acts as the crossing of Queen Street Mall and Albert Street.
The ultra-modern structure features steel, timber, and glass. It provides a congregational and meeting area right at the centre of the Mall. The structure is almost completely transparent, and so it offers views of surrounding buildings and provides shelter while providing an open ambiance.