Brisbane Powerhouse: from derelict power station to thriving cultural centre

I love when historical buildings are given a new lease of life and Brisbane Powerhouse, an iconic cultural centre with a striking red-brick façade and undeniable industrial art deco hallmark, is one of my favourite transformations.

Originally a power station that supplied electricity for Brisbane’s tram system - yes, Brisbane once had trams like Melbourne still does - it was made redundant after the tramway was decommissioned in the 1960s.

Squatters moved in and the building became a canvas for graffiti artists across two decades of neglect before Brisbane City Council reacquired the site in 1989 following partial demolition.

The redeveloped Brisbane Powerhouse, designed by council architect Peter Roy, opened in 2000 before further development occurred in 2007 to increase audience capacities and add function and hospitality facilities.

Last month, during the Powerhouse’s participation as one of the venues for the Brisbane Festival, I captured a few images from the exterior to showcase the this wonderful precinct.