Australian Taxation Office Elizabeth Street - HASSELL

Australian Taxation Office Elizabeth Street, HASSELL
photo Christopher Frederick Jones

Queensland architecture

Domestic Queensland architecture is commonly identified with the 'Queenslander', a timber-constructed house elevated from the ground by long vertical stumps. The large understorey area traditionally provided ventilation as a means to cool the dwelling in the tropical and subtropical climates. Broad covered verandas and corrugated iron roofs are other features of the unique Queeslander style. Queensland's climate – its high temperatures, humidity and rainfall – influenced this design that first appeared in the 1840s and is still being constructed today.

Notable buildings

Queensland Chapter – Register of Significant 20th Century Architecture

The Institute Register of Significant 20th Century Architecture was established in 2000 to promote the recognition and protection of important 20th century buildings. The Institute Heritage Committee is responsible for assessing applications and managing this register.

The following is a selection of the most notable Queensland buildings included on the Institute National Register:

1900–20 post Federation

1920–30 early interwar

1930–45 moderne

1945–55 postwar recovery

1955–70 contemporary

1970–80 brutalism & late modernism

1980–2000 late 20th century

Significant Queensland 20th century architecture – April 2005

Australian Institute of Architects National Heritage Task Force's draft Significant 20th century Qld architecture – places of national significance (a work in progress based on appendix 1 to 2005 report; revised and annotated by Queensland subcommittee September 2007, further revised by Qld subcommittee 2009).