Bar Raised on Apartment Block Common Spaces

The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia), February 23, 2019 | Go to article overview

Bar Raised on Apartment Block Common Spaces


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john mcgrath

founder and executive director

THE era of uninspired common areas in apartment blocks is over. The basic shared gardens, old-style barbecue facilities and kidney-shaped fibreglass pools have become redundant, replaced by glamorous relaxation areas, cafe-style dining zones, communal kitchens, landscaped gardens and lap pools.

Rooftops that once had no purpose are now impressive entertaining and socialising zones where residents can stretch out with a drink in their private cabana, cook a meal in a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen, kick back on a beanbag and pick fresh produce from the communal vegie patch.

As discussed in our 2019 McGrath Report, stylish developments are seeing much more focus on common areas to differentiate their buildings and create more lifestyle appeal for time-poor buyers. They are adding value and functionality to spare space and aiming to create significant "wow factor".

The body corporates of older buildings are also investing in the redesign of their common areas. In 2013, the residents at Paloma in Surry Hills, Sydney, hired design house BKH to create a spectacular rooftop terrace where residents could sit with friends in elegant timber cabanas for a front-row view of beautiful sunsets over Prince Alfred Park.

The newest types of common spaces include the shared entertainers' kitchen, yoga studios and a return to the once despised shared laundry -- now considered a socialising opportunity in beautiful rooftop or garden surrounds. …

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