"Bohem" Apartments Top Out Over Adelaide


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

  • Approximately 280,500 individual working hours
  • 6621m3 concrete poured
  • 600 precast panels used in building the floors and walls
  • 1100 tonnes of reinforcement
  • 35000m2 of formwork
  • 2890lm piling for the building foundations
  • 151 tonnes structural steel
  • 22,336m partitions and ceilings
  • 600 tonnes plasterboard, 70 tonnes of rondo wall frames
  • 4882m2 of windows


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.

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