Koichi Takada Architects - Sydney

Urban Forest

Going beyond the headline of a ‘green building’, Urban Forest’s ambition is to be the world’s greenest residential building.

Featuring one of the world’s most densely-forested vertical gardens, Urban Forest by Aria, designed by Koichi Takada Architects, is a 30-storey mixed-use residential high-rise located in the cultural precinct of South Brisbane, Australia. The building includes 382 apartments, a two-storey rooftop with garden and residential amenities, and an open public park on the ground level. The site of the building totals 2,782 square meters and it will have an overall floor area of 55,000 square meters.
Vertical planting in high-rise buildings is part of a new movement that sees architects bringing greenery, biodiversity, oxygen and mental health benefits back to high-density city living. Urban Forest achieves 292% site cover with living greenery, featuring 1000 plus trees and more than 20,000 plants selected from 259 native species. This is more than five times the number of trees found in nearby Musgrave Park. The landscape is not just an attractive feature, but is a dynamic, active component of a sustainable building, increasing biodiversity and reducing the ecological footprint of the city. It will also create a green spine connecting the Southbank Parklands with Musgrave Park.
By targeting 6-star Green Star rating, equivalent to LEED Platinum, Urban Forest represents another stage in the evolution of the architectural vertical garden. It will set the benchmark for sustainable and subtropical high-rise apartment buildings, creating an exemplar in design-led development and innovative ESD standards in Brisbane. Passive design principles make the most of the subtropical climate, maximising natural light and allowing cross-ventilation.

  • Project Urban Forest
  • Statuswaiting for DA
  • ClientAria Property Group
  • Architecture designKoichi Takada Architects
  • LocationCultural precinct of South Brisbane, Australia
  • Building typeMixed-Use Residential
  • Stories30 stories with a 2-story rooftop for resident amenities
  • Site area2,782 m2
  • GFA55,000 m2
  • No. Apartments382
  • Public Park1,642 m2