Designing for the Australian climate: How developers build in different regions

Market Insights
4 months ago
5 minutes

Many of Australia’s regions are characterised by its weather. For example, Brisbane’s sub-tropical climate means hot, humid summers and buckets of sunshine year round, while Melbourne is more temperate, but can experience all four seasons in just one day. This begs the question: how do property developers design for these differing climates? We spoke to two of them to find out.

Being a large island continent, Australia’s regions showcase varying weather conditions depending on their locations. Its east coast cities, for example, enjoy a pleasant climate for most of the year, offering many sunny days. Though located on the same coast, they still have their differences.

Take Brisbane and Melbourne. While the Queensland capital has a subtropical climate and hot summers, the Victorian city is more temperate, even if that means always having a coat and umbrella to accommodate its constantly changing weather.

Property developers across the nation recognise these differences. So, we spoke to Brisbane-based developer Aria Property Group and internationally renowned developer World Class Global about their new apartment developments, and how they designed for climate.

Boutique parkfront living at Casamia. Click here to learn more.

Located in sub-tropical Brisbane, in the heart of vibrant West End, is Aria Property Group’s parkfront apartment development, Casamia. Architecturally designed by West End-based architecture firm Rothelowman, the tower showcases stunning Spanish architecture inspired by Antoni Gaudí and an intuitive design that caters to the Sunshine State’s climate.

“The project architect leans into utilising the benign Brisbane climate to their advantage, designing a building that embraces subtropical living,” affirmed Aria Property Group.

“Designing for climate, in this case, includes improving the connection between indoor and outdoors using large sliding glazed panels and flush floor thresholds, as well as the inclusion of façade planters to reinforce the connection with the extensive landscape opposite in Davies Park.”

Casamia’s extensive amenities, including a spa and sauna, ensure an endless summer. Click here to learn more.

Casamia’s climate-intelligent design extends to its communal spaces, honing and elevating the lifestyle afforded by the city’s year-round sunny weather.

“The incorporation of health and wellness amenities such as a rooftop infinity edge pool, hot and cold magnesium baths, and sauna available to all residents reduces suburban duplication whilst enhancing the sense and feeling of community,” the development team explained.

With 985 sqm of resident-exclusive amenities surrounded by lush, tropical landscaping and stunning apartments with expansive outdoor spaces and magnificent city and river views, Casamia is astutely designed for Brisbane’s climate.

Enjoy panoramic Melbourne views from Australia 108 Cloud Residences. Click here to learn more.

Down south, Australia 108 Cloud Residences caters to the Melbourne weather and lifestyle. Developed by World Class Global and thoughtfully designed by renowned architects Fender Katsalidis and interior design firm Carr, every detail of the Southbank apartment tower has been carefully considered.

With the Cloud Residences located sky-high in the development, these residences present the opportunity to live at the highest altitude in the Southern Hemisphere. Thus, these homes boast floor-to-ceiling glazing to take advantage of their positioning.

These large windows bring in abundant natural light and priceless panoramas with multiple aspects. As a resident, you are always oriented towards breathtaking views, so close to the stratosphere you could reach for the stars.

“Designed as luxurious homes in the sky, the premium apartments are a unique offering for Australia 108,” explained Carr.

“Scullery spaces serve expansive open plan kitchens whilst hotel-style luxury is brought to bathing amenities to create generous sleeping suites.

“Wide timber floorboards and a subtle material palette of recon stone, natural stone, and porcelain create a subtle and calming palette.”

Take a dip in Australia 108 Cloud Residences’ sky-high indoor pool. Click here to learn more.

Adapting the building to Melbourne’s climate, the design team brings nature into its walls. Australia 108 will be adorned with natural landscaping and sky gardens, reinforcing residents’ connection to nature no matter the season outdoors.

Even the design of Australia 108’s amenities caters to the Melbourne climate. Pools located indoors mean you can swim year-round no matter how cold it gets outside, yet still with sweeping views of the city and surrounds.

Complete with two state-of-the-art gyms, five sophisticated dining rooms, expansive lounge rooms, a reading room, a private cinema and a sky garden with soaring ceilings, residents need not leave home for a vibrant Melbourne lifestyle.

Luxurious fixtures and fittings in your Australia 108 Cloud Residence. Click here to learn more.

So, whether in sunny Brisbane or cool Melbourne, property developers across the country, such as Aria Property Group and World Class Global, know to expertly design for the climate. And beautifully, too.

Casamia’s four-bedroom residences are now selling from $3,700,000, with completion anticipated to complete in Q4 2025.

Australia 108 Cloud Residences is now complete and ready to move into. Three-bedroom residences are still available, priced from $1,524,780.

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Header image of Casamia.