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Rooftop pools make a splash as developers bring penthouse amenities to the people
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Swimming pools were once designated to the ground level of apartment complexes, and for a while to the dark, internal basements, but today they’re increasingly offering sky-high outdoor views.
The aquatic rooftop trend comes on the heels of the democratisation of the tops floor with the trend also seen through rooftop gardens, and even cinemas.
The Radius apartment complex in Woolloongabba, Brisbane, will have a 20-metre three-lane lap pool (pictured above) on the rooftop of the nine-storey building.
The sky deck will offer tiered viewing decks, sun terraces and two 12-seater spas – all with panoramic mountain views of Brisbane – on its expected March 2014 completion.
Designed by Hayes Anderson Lynch Architects, Radius Apartments is a close three kilometres to the CBD.
Warren Hyatt from Majella Group – developer of Radius Apartments – says placing the leisure amenities on the roof allows for a larger scale of facilities than if the swimming pool were at the ground or podium level, where space is limited.
Warren Hyatt also says a pool on the roof increases privacy, as residents do not look down onto the recreation facilities.
With its prime Melbourne CBD position at 199 William Street, Melbourne, The William is another new development embracing the trend.
The William offers views from the rooftop swimming pool on level 23 (pictured above), with a barbecue and lounge area.
Comprising 470 units, the development is designed by Bruce Henderson and developed by Hengyi Australia.
A bit more low rise, and right opposite the sandy beach, EightyEight in Albert Park, Melbourne, will on its much-awaited commencement and completion have a fourth floor lap pool overlooking Port Phillip Bay.
Designed by Omiros One Architects (O1A), EightyEight (pictured above) offers 27 residential dwellings.
O1A says it is committed to the health of the environment and the creation of buildings that show a deep respect for the planet.
With construction to commence March next year, EightyEight is currently 50% sold.
One-bedroom apartments start from $950,000 and two-bedroom apartments start from $1.4 million.
EightyEight has an expected completion date for the last quarter in 2014.
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