1. Origin of Cool: Denmark - Rooftop Playground
Located on top of three penthouses, Danish firm JDS Architects has designed one incredibly cool rooftop playground in a densely populated area of Copenhagen.
2. Origin of Cool: Singapore - Rooftop Swimming Pool
55 storeys up (650ft) on the top of the Marina Bay Sands development is an infinity pool that is the length of three Olympic swimming pools! It is the largest outdoor pool in the world at that height.
3. Origin of Cool: South Africa - Rooftop Trailer Park
On the roof of Cape Town’s Grand Daddy Hotel is a trailer park like no other. The Airstream Penthouse Park is one of the most talked about, hip and happening places in South Africa. Seven imported vintage Airstream Trailers were handed over to local artists and designers for an imaginative makeover. The result is a collection of rooftop suites. Rooms in the hotel start at 945 rands ($90).
4. Origin of Cool: Dubai - Rooftop Tennis Court
In a previous post, we looked at the temporary tennis court atop the Burj Al Arab, 211 metres above the ground.
5. Origin of Cool: Japan - Rooftop Rollercoaster
At ‘Don Quijote’ department store in downtown Tokyo lies this Half Pipe roller coaster. It was built on the rooftop of an eight-story outlet store in a busy city area but was never opened. Apparently the problem was with the structure of the building. While the building is capable of handling the weight of the roller coaster, the lateral forces presented an unexpected problem and is why the roller coaster never opened.
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6. Origin of Cool: Thailand - Rooftop Bar
The Skybar at Sirocco is suspended in the sky on the 63rd floor of The Dome at State Tower and is one of the world’s highest open air bar. With a panoramic view of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River, it is often featured in ‘coolest bars in the world’ lists.
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7. Origin of Cool: Australia - Rooftop Cinema
This might just be the coolest movie theatre in Australia. It is owned and operated by a team of artists and plays classic, current and art-house films in the open air on the top of a six-story building.
Also see a previous post we added on the Rooftop Film Club
8. Origin of Cool: Singapore - Rooftop Garden
The Sky Gardens appear at Pinnacle@Duxton, Singapore’s tallest public housing building at 50 stories. These distinctive gardens, located on the 26th and 50th floors, are said to be the longest continuous sky gardens in the world, linking seven residential tower blocks together.
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9. Origin of Cool: Austria - Rooftop Office
The Viennese architects Wolf Prix and Helmut Swiczinsky, aka Coop Himmelb(l)au, made their reputation on blind, gestural sketches that sometimes became buildings. Here are the designs for a rooftop addition to a law firm’s office.
10. Origin of Cool: USA - Rooftop Farm
In 2008, the folks at the Uncommon Ground restaurant, 1401 W. Devon, opened their 2,500-square foot organic rooftop farm. The lofty mission is to deliver organic produce for the downstairs restaurant and to use the garden to teach adult volunteers and children how to grow food organically in an urban, roof-top environment. Genius!
The Tower Club suites occupy the top floors of the State Tower - the tallest hotel and third tallest building in Thailand. It has gained some kudos recently as it was used as the location for some of the scenes in The Hangover Part 2.
The Sirocco is the restaurant that sits at the top of the building and is the world’s highest open air restaurant. The Sky Bar gives drinkers the best views of Bangkok.
The view from one of the room balconies: