Gone are the days when the average apartment rooftop was an ugly jumble of airconditioning units, lift equipment, and middleaged people sunbathing. As cities become more congested, apartment developers are offering ever more unique amenities to satisfy the demands of occupants. Buildings in cities are farafield as Singapore and New York City now offer transparent “sky pools,” running tracks hundreds of metres above the ground, as well as rooftop eateries and bars offering panoramic views. Many established and emerging apartment developments in Sydney are cashing in on the trend, boasting massive cinema screens, pools, landscaped gardens, entertainment lounges, BBQs, and glass bridges between buildings, among other eye-popping amenities.
8 Phillip Street, Parramatta
Move over, Singapore and Shanghai: Sydney will soon have its very own apartment rooftop bar. Studio 54 will be built on the rooftop of a Woods Bagot designed apartment/hotel building in Parramatta. “Our MD wanted to raise the bar, so to speak, and thought this was a great location, in the heart of eat street in the middle of the entertainment strip in Parramatta,” said Aras Labutis, development manager at Coronation Property. “We thought this would be a perfect addition to the food and beverage offerings we’ll have on lower levels, as well
as the midlevel communal area with a pool, gym, outdoor terrace and multipurpose room.”