Solito Carindale

Solito is one of the first examples of rear loaded terraced housing stock in Queensland, which is now a common occurrence due to a focus on housing affordability and increased density in developments.


This style of living embraced the provision of a resort style recreation area to compensate for the smaller private gardens. The recreation area was designed around an informal shaped pool, which allows for recreational swimming including a ‘beach’ area for small children and in-pool seats. The clever design still permits lap swimming activity across the informal areas identified through marked lanes in the floor tiles and at 16.6 metres in length means that 3 laps equate to a 50 metre swim.


Embellishments to the neighbouring park adjoining Bulimba Creek were also undertaken and the new shelters were aligned on the project’s road axis creating a strong connection and focal feature.


This project demonstrates the successful outcomes of a proactive landscape design by ensuring greenery is incorporated within the narrow laneways.



2003-2005 (this stage)


Carindale, Brisbane, Queensland


Stage 1 Completed in 2005

Undertaken whilst at GMG


Greg Thomas – project lead

Project Phase

Schematic Design through to Construction Services.


Australand (now Fraser Property)


Powe Architects

Cardno – Engineers

Sustainability and Innovation

• Solutions to ensure greenery is achieved within the narrow rear laneway environment.

• Clever pool design to cater for variety of swimming uses and age of users.


Photograph Credit

Greg Thomas