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Urban Forest

Brisbane, Australia
2020 - 2024 Sector. Residential
Urban Forest will be Australia’s greenest building, a 30-storey Carbon Neutral building covered in a thousand trees and plants, designed for Brisbane, Australia.
Brisbane, Australia
2020 - 2024 Client. Aria Property Group
Urban Forest will be Australia’s greenest building, a 30-storey Carbon Neutral building covered in a thousand trees and plants, designed for Brisbane, Australia.

The mixed-use high-rise building will include 392 apartments, a two-level rooftop garden and public park positioned on ground level. The living façade achieves 292% site coverage, featuring over 1,000 trees and plus 20,000 plants selected from 259 native species. By raising the podium, the ground level becomes an extension of the surrounding parklands, giving back to the community 1,642 sqm of public park. It will also feature a world-class information centre where visitors can learn about the buildings design, plants and biodiversity.

Laid in a staggered level arrangement, each apartment will have their own Australian veranda-style balcony known to the sub-tropical climate. The vertical gardens will be an active component of sustainability, providing natural shade and natural thermal and solar insulation. Residents will also have access to a rooftop wellness garden complete with a communal swimming pool and various social communal spaces. Urban Forests integration of private and public spaces aims to restore a sense of community, the ‘breathing spaces’ for social interaction and wellbeing. It reduces the kind of isolation experienced in high rise residential living.

Post Covid-19, this is a great opportunity to pause and rethink and not just adapt but shift the paradigm from industrial to natural. Concrete, steel and glass are very hard and solid industrial materials. Let's call them dead materiality. We need to be embracing more living materiality, living architecture. One take away from the Covid-19 pandemic crisis is the realisation that we are all living things. We are here to live, not defy death in some way. Our architecture should do the same.

The building includes 382 apartments, a two-storey rooftop with garden and residential amenities, and an open public park on the ground level.

Project Credits

Urban Forest Project name
Urban Forest Project name
Koichi Takada Architects Architects
Koichi Takada Architects Architects
Aria Property Group Client
Aria Property Group Client
Mixed Use Residential Building type
Mixed Use Residential Building type
waiting for DA Status
waiting for DA Status
30 stories with a 2-story rooftop for resident amenities Stories
30 stories with a 2-story rooftop for resident amenities Stories
2,782 m2 Site area
2,782 m2 Site area
55,000 m2 GFA
55,000 m2 GFA
382 No. Apartments
382 No. Apartments
1,642 m2 Public Park
1,642 m2 Public Park