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Rooftop Recreation Decks Booming in Brisbane

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In the last 12 months there has been a dramatic increase in developers making use of building rooftops.

Since August last year there has been 13 proposals with some level of rooftop amenity, proving that there is a growing trend to place amenity such as pools, bbq areas, outdoor seating areas, gardens, gyms and other amenity on top of buildings as opposed to below on the podium.

Just some example proposals in the last 5 months where in some projects, the rooftop has taken centre stage:

  • 25 Bouquet Street, South Brisbane – Kilcor Properties
    • Pool, Sun Lounge, Outdoor Kitchen
  • Brisbane Riverside Restaurants, South Bank –  Katarzyna Hospitality Group
    • Rooftop bar
  • 144 Logan Road, Woolloongabba – Pellicano and Perri Projects
    • Landscaped gardens, gymnasium, residents lounge, pool, spa, bar, kitchen facilities, herb garden, elevated observation platform and children’s play zone
  • 12 Creek Street, Brisbane CBD – Dexus Properties
    • Potential 2 level restaurant & bar
  • Eldorado Redevelopment, Indooroopilly – Planning Initiatives
    • Bar, lounge, terrace
  • 300 George – Shayher Group
    • Pool, gym, theatre, games room, sauna, bar, lounge, cellar
  • 35 Merivale Street, South Brisbane – Backshall Group
    • Rooftop bbq, lounge
  • South Bank Emporium Hotel – AJG
    • Pool, gym, bar
  • 38 Hope Street, South Brisbane – Aria
    • Pool, lounge, terrace
  • Soda Apartments, South Brisbane – GDL Group
    • Pool, outdoor lounge, bbq
  • Vida, South Brisbane – Pointcorp
    • Pool, outdoor lounge
  • 7 Chester Street, Newstead – Urban Construct
    • Pool, bbq 
  • Precinct Apartments, Lutwyche – Urban Living Homes
    • Lounge, bbq

Brisbane’s year round warm climate makes rooftop decks very appealing for apartment buyers as seen in recent developments.

City views as well as cool breezes also make rooftop decks a desirable place for pools, as opposed to on the podium level where too much shade sometimes render pools too cold to actually use.

Bangkok, known for it’s palatial array of rooftop decks had experienced a boom in rooftop decks over the past decade, with a recent edition of Vertigo and Moon bar, 61 floors above the Banyan Tree.

Vertigo and Moon Bar at Banyan Tree Bangkok

Brisbane isn’t there yet but is nevertheless experiencing a big surge in rooftop decks.

No doubt soon we will see proposals like the above in Brisbane’s CBD.

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    It is a great trend that I believe the Emporium Hotel started back in 2007 and it looks like the new Emporium will deliver unbelievable views of the city to match the amazing service they provide, can’t wait!!!!

    February 2, 2014


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    keep em

    Architects have been trying this for a long time but developers have been always been stingy with extra cost like that until now

    January 30, 2014


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    Love it
    Bring it

    Brisbane’s point of difference is its climate – lets use and promote it

    January 23, 2014


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    Its about time… can’t believe its taken this long for Brisbane to head in this direction.

    Wasn’t Limes Hotel to kick start the trend in Brisbane?

    January 22, 2014


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    The developer to kick start the trend was Bekaa Group at Ecco Apartments in West End! Hat off!

    January 21, 2014


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