Let´s talk about the ‘Queenslanders’, the “lunch box” style houses. Well, jokes apart I have just made up that term. I find those houses so cute that they remind me a big lunch box, maybe it is the roof slope, maybe it is the usual square shapes, maybe it is everything put together. Those houses are found all over the state of Queensland (AUS), they got popular especially after the 2nd world war when state´s population just boomed and they needed to build up new dwellings quickly and cheaply. The high efficiency in labour added to durable and low cost materials inherent to Australian construction culture explains the intense use of the metallic roofing tiles instead of more traditional shingle types as observed in other cultures such as in Latin America.
The architectural style is clearly a mix of the British traditional housing elements with local taste, construction industry demands and climate needs. All those factors together helped to shape a very peculiar housing style which is probably found only around this region.
Today they are being quickly replaced by contemporary housing design style. However, some of them still survive and are being sold out as renovated brand new real state property releases. Some still very authentic, others with a lot of modifications and adds on. Thus, it is still possible to go around and find many of the original and renovated specimens around Brisbane and other small towns around the state. For those ones who love to go for a walk around the concrete jungle New Farm suburb is full of some beautiful and elegant of those gems, revealing different styles and reflecting its construction time.
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