WHEN I was staying at a small village near Valencia in Spain, I took a photograph of a colourful funky building just because it was colourful and funky, then I came back to Australia and discovered Brisbane Square.
It is made up of four brightly coloured buildings with a high-rise climbing 38 storeys above them.
This is home to Brisbane City Council while two of the funky rectangular buildings below house the Brisbane City Library.
It is between the river and the Queen Street Mall and the blue building (there’s also yellow, green and orange) can be seen from the Victoria Bridge which links to South Bank. It opened in late 2006 and claims to be the largest commercial office building in Australia with a five Green Star rating.
Reddacliff Place, named after Trevor Reddacliff a prominent Brisbane architect and town planner, is public open space with Brisbane Square on one side and the magnificent old Treasury building, now a casino, on the other.
Every Wednesday, there are markets which bring the world to the door of Brisbane with, among others, Italian, Turkish, French and German food stalls as well as a great selection of fresh fruit and vegetables. Lots of the goodies are organic, gluten free etc.
It’s often used for public gatherings (there was a recent tap dancing world record bid held here) and on the first Sunday of each month there’s a suitcase rummage, where everyone is invited to turn up with a suitcase of two full of bric-a-brac, clothing, books, jewellery music – anything – to sell or swap.