It may be a strong argument to say that the ‘Queenslander’ style of home is one of the only true modern Australian forms of architecture. Why? Because in stark contrast to the heavy Victorian-era buildings of the late 19th century and other common forms of period architecture (such as the California Bungalow), the Queenslander is a response to the environment in which it was born: sub-tropical Australia.
The Queenslander style started appearing in the mid-19th century as a response to the climatic conditions of sub-tropical Australia. This was particularly dictated by northern Australia’s wet and dry seasons. Stilts allowed homes to see through seasonal flooding without major damage to the property, and wide verandahs created a place to find shelter during rainy downpours or humid days under the sun as well as funnelling much-needed air through to the rest of the home. Wide open fenestration and light corrugated iron roofing also aided this flow of air.
The Queenslander did have a predecessor but not in Australia. There was a British architectural response, during its occupation of India, where wide verandahs and open-facing architecture responded to the extremes of India’s own tropical climate. But the Queenslander has taken on its own legendary status in Australia due to its ubiquitous use throughout much of Queensland and its easily identifiable style. It is a much-loved style today as it ever was.
There are two factors that make the Queenslander so appealing today. The first is that it still works. There are few architectural styles that work so well with the environment to cool the home. It was one of the first successful instances of passive design in Australia, long before this became a fundamental part of modern architecture. The second is that the Queenslander style responds so well to modern refurbishment and renovation. Its timeless qualities ground most modifications made to it, which gives homeowners a lot of freedom to bring in modern technologies to a 150-year-old style of home.
The style’s popularity is why these homes are snapped up by renters as they are buyers. They make perfect family homes due to their space, passive design, and the way in which family life is fostered by having dedicated spaces, such as the verandah, to spend time as a family.
It was hard to whittle this list down, but here are the top 10 ‘Queenslanders’ available for rent in Brisbane right now!
32 Lockhart Street, Woolloongabba QLD 4102 6 beds, $1250/week
2. 89 Jackson Street, Hamilton QLD 4007 3 beds, $820/week
3. 19 Phelan Street, Clayfield QLD 4011 3 beds, $800/week
4. 5 Elliot Street, Norman Park QLD 4170 4 beds, $760/week
5. 6 Stephens Street, Annerley QLD 4103 3 beds, $550/week
6. Clayfield, QLD 4011 5 beds, $1,550/week
7. 10 Norman Street, Wooloowin QLD 4030 5 beds, $850/week
8. 96 Sixth Avenue, Windsor QLD 4030 3 beds, $530/week
9. 23 Ralston Street, Wilston QLD 4051 4 beds, $800/week
10. 158 Heal Street, New Farm QLD 4005 4 beds, $1,550