In an ever-urbanising world, Brisbane is set to benefit from a number of residential developments that incorporate subtropical design elements to create very special living environments for their occupants.

It’s an environmentally-attuned approach that means instead of the destruction of native animal habitats on the city’s fringe, sites closer to the CBD (such as older-style unit blocks, or post-war homes that can be amalgamated) are acquired on smaller blocks and vertical living is the concept, so that more people can occupy a smaller piece of land.

Joe Adsett’s Botanic is one such building. With its natural construction materials of stone and timber, and the park or CBD vistas, Botanic’s inspiration was drawn from ‘The natural setting of New Farm Park, but many of the actual ideas came on long bush walks with the family through the rainforest at Mt Nebo.’ says architect/developer Joe Adsett.

‘Something about a mountainside saturated in fog and moss growing up strangler figs really piqued the imagination. Many of the finishes I chose for my own home have been used in Botanic – the Dolomite, fluted details, marble mosaic tiles, timber flooring and curved, formed concrete to name a few.’

Another cleverly-used site that incorporates subtropical elements is much-loved Cutters Landing. With many of its apartments featuring deep balconies and river and city vistas, it was built with timeless finishes and generous floor plans allowing for circulation of air and natural light.

It’s certainly an exciting time in the real estate industry and we’re loving the new approach to architecture with a focus on living with nature in the city.