Eco Chic: Australia's First Elevated Indoor Forest To Rise In Melbourne


The former Celtic Club site in Melbourne's CBD will soon feature Australia’s first 'elevated' indoor forest with prices starting from $500,000.

Developer Beulah International, Fender Katsalidis and renowned landscaper Paul Bangay will deliver the mixed-use development known as Paragon, and will feature 220 luxury apartments with one, two and three bedrooms.

Situated within the 48-level project, the three storey high urban forest is a conservatory-like feature with a carefully composed selection of mature trees, leafy canopies, climbing gardens and grassy spaces, complete with refined terrazzo pavers and outdoor seating zones.

Paragon’s architecture maximises views allowing the majority of residences prized corner vistas while limiting density to between four and six residences per floor, and two penthouses occupying the topmost, 48th level. The historical significance of the site informs and anchors the design as crafted artisan metal work weaves a geometric, Celtic inspired pattern across curtains of glass.


Paul Bangay said the urban forest was a result of wanting to create green space that wasn’t at street level, but rather up in the air. “The forest we’re creating is not your typical roof space or balcony space; it’s three storeys high which means we’re able to bring in tall trees.”

Towering Ficus trees crown the space, while lush ground-covers trail across pavers to a vertical masonry wall covered in pockets of greenery, creepers and cascading water. Beulah International Executive Director Adelene Teh said it was important for residents to feel as though they had a sanctuary where they could escape the hustle and bustle of the surrounding streetscape.

“We want residents to feel like they’re not so much in a high-rise building, but rather out in a garden; a sanctuary protected from natural elements,” she said.


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