Reaching for the stars, Taylor Brammer Landscape Architects has created a truly inspirational oasis in the sky.
Located at Top Ryde on the north shore of Sydney, the project features panoramic views across to the Sydney CBD and surrounding areas. This extensive green roof living space is an award winning project conferred by the Urban Development Institute of Australia.
The design redefines the concept of high density living five floors above the surrounding urban fabric. This urban living space features a series of recreational onsite facilities set in a lush tropical landscape and includes water features, wet edge swimming pool and spa, yoga decks, BBQ areas and dramatic sky pavilions that suspend viewers above the surrounding urban terrain.
The client, Crown International Holdings’ brief for a resort styled landscape was realised and surpassed through an engaging landscape. This landscape was inspired by the warmth of nature and focused through the sky pavilions and the generous open spaces with water being a central component of the design.
Sustainability is integrated into the design by transforming a concrete roof above a commercial complex into a green roof improving insulation properties and absorbing CO2 through abundant plantings across the site. The design also incorporates a series of community outdoor activity zones that accommodate both communal and group activities. Whether it is walking through the environment on the way to work or having an early morning workout in the gymnasium the design has utilised running water in a sustainable approach to enhance a feeling of wellbeing in a restorative landscape.
The design assists in creating a calming sensory experience with strong textural stone banding, the use of still and moving water, scented and highly textural planting and the opportunity to experience edible plants in a sustainable landscape through a varied and exciting planting palette. Bird attracting plants provide valuable habitat and complement the sustainable strategies with energy efficient systems including low water use and low recurrent costs.