Whether you are restricted on space or just like to live life on the edge, right now the rooftop is the hippest place to be. Check out these unique urban rooftops around the world and get inspired...
Marina Bay Sands
Grand Daddy Hotel
Cape Town, South Africa
This is not your average trailer park. The Grand Daddy Hotel is an Airstream Rooftop trailer Park in South Africa's beautiful capital of Cape Town. Located on Long Street, what Cape Towners call their ‘Soho’ , the Grand Daddy is smack bang in the middle of the city's trendiest area. Take in the view of Table Mountain from the window of your ultra-shiny vintage airstream trailer or relax on your deck and socialise with your rooftop neighbours.
Grand Daddy Hotel
City Beach Messe
Summer is brief in Switzerland so the residents of the landlocked city of Basel make the most of it with a rooftop beach! 'City Beach' is set up each summer on top of a building in downtown Basel, where the rooftop is spread with sand, dotted with palm trees and decked out with luxurious lounges. A glittering pool is installed in lieu of waves and a bar keeps beachgoers' thirst at bay in the sunshine and into the night, when it becomes one of Basel's top night spots.
The Dome SkyBar
Rooftop bars abound in cities, with glittering skylines under the stars a favourite spot to have a drop or two, however the Skybar in Thailand is something extra special. Sitting on top of The Dome at State Tower, 63 storeys above Bangkok, the bar offers unparalleled views of the city and the beautiful Chao Phraya River, it is one of the highest bars in the world. The bar has standards that match its height, offering only the finest vintages, costly cocktails and delicious dishes to accompany its incredible views.
The awesome Rooftop Cinema on Swanston Street in Melbourne is the best way to spend balmy summer nights in the city. Sit in comfy deckchairs and be treated to a whole range of classic flicks, arthouse movies and special screenings with the bright lights of Melbourne laid out around you and a canopy of stars overhead.
Although a rooftop is probably the last place a parent would want their child to play, Danish architects JDS have created the ultimate rooftop playground. With child-safe railings sealed with chicken wire to keep the kiddies from taking a plunge, a grassy knoll for that ‘grounded’ feel and million dollar views, this is the ultimate place to play. Located smack bang in the middle of Copenhagen atop three luxury penthouses, the playground offers its tiny attendees million dollar views that most adults will never see.
Marina Bay Sands Skypark Pool
A rooftop pool is not that unique; many hotels and apartment buildings around the world have them, but sitting on top of 55 storeys, this one is hard to top. The pool in SkyPark, a boat-shaped recreation area that spans the three towers of Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Hotel, is three times the length of an Olympic pool, the largest in the world that sits on a roof. With an infinity edge to a multi-million dollar view, this is by far the most magnificent rooftop dip you will ever have.
Marina Bay Sands
Burj Al Arab Tennis Court
Made famous by a promotion match played by Roger Federer and André Agassi, the tennis court that sits atop the the Burj Al Arab is quite simply incredible. Doubling as a helipad, it is the highest court in the world standing at around 300 metres high. The court brings a whole new meaning to a game of tennis, with no guard rails, only a net that extends out from the edge to catch wayward balls and perhaps the odd tennis player suffering from a severe case of vertigo.
Burj Al Arab
Uncommon Ground Farm
Sitting atop ultra 'green' restaurant Uncommon Ground in Chicago is an incredible rooftop farm. Intent on growing its own produce but lacking the space in the middle of the city, the restaurant decided to make use of its 2,500 square foot rooftop. The farm yields organic ingredients used by the chef downstairs and customers are encouraged to take a tour of the farm before they dine so they can see the benefits of urban farms.
Uncommon Ground Restaurant
Don Quijote Rollercoaster
It's not hard to imagine why the crazy U-shaped rollercoaster on top of the Don Quijote store in Japan was never opened. It’s hard enough to get public liability insurance for a sandwich board nowadays, let alone a giant rollercoaster on a rooftop! Rumour has it that the building is capable of holding the extreme weight of the mammoth structure, however the rollercoaster was deemed unsafe by authorities and so sits unused but rather impressive looking, in downtown Tokyo.
Don Quijote Tokyo