One of the more unusual development applications that Cityscope has unearthed is found in South Brisbane at 23-25 Glenelg Street. It was lodged by the Aria Property Group. 

Yes, we have heard of the vertical garden, but this plan is more the vertical forest with plans to incorporate 1,003 trees and 20,000 plants into the actual building! To be the world’s greenest residential tower it’s green plot ratio will be an enormous 292%. Designed by Koichi Takada Architects this visionary building will achieve several milestones including creating the first stand-alone 5-star green star residential building and the highest communal recreation area. The design includes a huge open space on the ground floor and beyond with seating, art and water features and a children's play area with waterfalls and ponds. 

The application is for a 30-storey residential tower with ground floor retail and two communal rooftop levels. Included will be 382 apartments, 561 car spaces, parking for 478 bikes and 5 electric cars for the residents’ use. The residents’ communal facilities will include an infinity pool, BBQ and sun lounge area, wellness spa and gym plus indoor facilities such as private dining rooms, games room and cinema.  

The stunning and unusual design will no doubt attract visitors from the local community and beyond and this will be actively encouraged with a visitors information centre to be open in the lobby and a visitors experience planned to educate on the building and its many unusual features.