Who says the top of any building has to be just a roof? While any numbers of roofs are simply covered with tar, gravel, shingles or solar panels, some roofs throughout the world are reserved for architectural projects that promote entertainment, nightlife and sensuality. Here are a few:
Are you familiar with the hotel roof in Singapore, 650 feet up, that serves as a pool? You’ve probably never heard of it, but it’s called The Rooftop Pool and functions as one of the most unusual roofs you’ll ever find, anywhere! The hotel that supports this most curious water-world is 55 stories tall and the rooftop construction offers enough space to accommodate this pool which boasts a size three times as long as an Olympic variety. The platform upon which the pool rests is longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall and, if one didn’t know better, one would think the sides of the pool drop down into the abyss of the streets below. In actuality, the waters which run over the sides, spill over into a catchment below, after which, it is then pumped back into the pool. Don’t think I’d want to be taking a swim in this posh pool during an earthquake!
The legendary Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa is known for its luxury, style and opulence. It is here where one would be least expecting any semblance of trailer trash, and we use that term with jest. Atop the Grand Daddy Hotel you will find the last thing you would ever anticipate; a roof top made up of Airstream trailers which, in their day, were incredible works of craftsmanship with gleaming silver, aluminum shells and rounded corners. The rooftop trailer park is made up of seven Airstream beauties, with each rentable hideaway having its own official Postal Service outdoor mailbox. Each bungalow trailer is professionally and pristinely decorated with unique themes—everything from a Goldilocks and the 3 Bears fantasy interior to a 1950s-style incorporating period-piece finishes in mint green, cherry red and egg-blue to an Afro-funk interior complete with earthy colors, textured wood flooring and animal skins. The hotel’s roof accommodates a wide range of foliage, including real trees and bushes, to give this unique roof-top setting a genuine feel of an actual neighborhood that existed in 1950s Americana!
Bloody Mary with olives, anyone? If you love a cocktail or two, or if you just love heights, you’d go gah, gah over the Sky Bar which hovers 820 feet in the air as part of one of the most prestigious hotels in all of Thailand. This vast expanse of roof, covered with polished flooring, white-linen tables and multi-hued lighting, serves as a most unique covering of the 63rd floor of the Tower Club. The roof makes up the highest open-air bar in the world and overlooks a panoramic view of Bangkok.
The color of the bar’s atmosphere changes every ninety seconds from emerald green to ocean blue to lilac and tangerine. This exquisite roof-top offers celestial views with drinking and dining that afford an experience that is about as close to Heaven as one could possibly get and still live to tell the tale.
There’s a roof-top in Australia that boasts of being the coolest movie theater Down Under. Located in Melbourne, this sensational cinema offers not only movies but alcoholic drinks. What’s not to like about this roof? The Rooftop Cinema plays a vast array of movie genres in the open-air, six-stories-high theater. Multi-tiered decking allows patrons a perfect view of the floating cinema screen, regardless of seating, and the laid-back atmosphere is complemented with striped-canvas chairs, angled at 45 degrees. The comfy chairs are strategically located throughout the 550 square meters of floor space covered with synthetic grass. But what if it rains? Well, black rubber roofing and retractable canvas awnings provide protection from the elements.
There are roofs and there are roofs; but these gems are intended to serve as more than just protective coverings for the buildings they shelter. These toppers are, indeed, some of the most unusual roofs this planet has to offer!
As the associate manager for an internet website marketing company, D.H. aids cooperatives such as Primeco Roofing and Construction inside the Mother Land. He was born in LA, and is enjoying life in addition to his pleasant wife and their 3 children. Daniel-son harkens visitors to come see his Google status whenever they want.