If you’re thinking about building, renovating or doing some DIY around the house, be sure to get your hands on Sunshine Coast Council’s new design book before you get started.
The Sunshine Coast Design book – which recently won an award for Research, Policy and Communications at the 2020 Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards and a coveted Gold Good Design Award at the Good Design Australia Awards – provides design ideas and seeks to inspire designs that complement our region’s environment, climate and identity.
Sunshine Coast Council Environment and Liveability Portfolio councillor Peter Cox says the design book demonstrated the council’s commitment to encouraging and promoting good design.
“Since its launch earlier this year, the design and development industry has applauded council for our foresight in developing this resource,” Cr Cox says.
“But this book isn’t just for professionals, it’s for anyone interested in design and creating liveable buildings and spaces.
“The Sunshine Coast Design book is an outcome of the Sunshine Coast Design Strategy, which was created by council in collaboration with our residents, the design and development industry and community groups to identify what we all love about the Sunshine Coast.
“From these discussions, four values and 10 design principles were established.”
Cr Cox says the values and principles offer a guide for good Sunshine Coast design. So what is good design?
“Well, good design echoes our region’s core characteristics while enhancing and protecting what our community loves most.
Fellow Environment and Liveability Portfolio councillor Maria Suarez says the book provides a guide for the council, industry and community to make design decisions that take advantage of our wonderful surroundings.
“As outlined in council’s Environment and Liveability Strategy, sustainable design has the ability to improve our health, wellbeing and productivity and can even make our buildings more affordable, responsive and resilient,” Cr Suarez says.
“The design book is a wonderful resource for achieving good design for our communities, neighbourhoods, buildings, streets and spaces.
“It helps protect the things we value about our region as our economy grows and our climate changes.
“It’s also a beautifully striking book, with 150 vivid and scenic photos of special places and well-designed buildings on the Sunshine Coast. It’s sure to make you feel connected and proud to live in this wonderful part of the world.”
Coordinating the development of the design book was Sunshine Coast Council Design and Placemaking Manager Sarah Chalkley, who says the book is intended to raise awareness about the benefit of good design and how to best design for our region.
“We want buildings on the Sunshine Coast to have eaves and awnings to provide shade, doors and windows that open up to let the sea breeze in and indoor living spaces that flow onto outdoor decks or patios to make the most of our indoor-outdoor lifestyle,” Ms Chalkley says.