South Australia's latest apartment building, "Bohem" by Adelaide-based Starfish Developments, was celebrated with a traditional topping out ceremony last week.
The custom of "topping out" has its roots in Europe and America when tree branches or flags were laid on newly completed roofs as a symbolic gesture to bring good luck and health to the building’s residents.
Ken McLeavey, senior project manager for Maxcon, the construction company building the apartments, takes great pride in carrying through the ritual – and this occasion was marked by hoisting a large pine tree to the 23rd floor.
“The event marked a significant milestone for Maxcon and Bohem, reaching the highest point on the project. It was an opportunity for us to thank the whole team involved especially the structural trades for their achievement and the huge effort involved,” McLeavey said.
The $110 million Bohem project is on schedule to be completed by the first quarter of 2018.
Building facts and figures
Designed by Enzo Caroscio Architecture, the design includes a 22 metre green wall rising from the entry lobby. Landscape features prominately with greenery running through the whole building, winding its way through the pool deck and concealing the car parking levels.
Bohem was built to answer a growing demand in Adelaide for city living, the increasing trend towards smaller households and a related need for higher density accommodation options.
According to Starfish developments, 88% of 234 apartments have already sold off-the-plan.