Upper House

Upper House is a breath-taking new residential tower in South Brisbane, designed by Koichi Takada Architects and inspired by the forms of the Daintree Rainforest. It’s set to become a new benchmark in luxury apartments in the city, featuring Australia’s first double-storey rooftop club.

The fluid sculptural ‘ribbons’ of the building set it apart in the streetscape and wind their way up the facade in reference to the roots of the Moreton Bay fig tree native to Queensland. At roof level, the ribbons twist and intertwine to become a shaded pergola for the generously proportioned recreational spaces. Theca Timber was involved from the very early beginning, participating in the tender hand-in-hand with Minicon and consulting on the most cost-efficient way to build what, before then, was a concept design. The continuous interaction and collaboration with KTA resulted in a Siberian Larch glulam pergola made of slim, load-bearing main ribs, featuring double- and triple-bent elements fabricated with a 3D special technology from our European Partners, and over 1,6 km of timber purlins for shading. Further to the scope above, Theca Timber was awarded the design and supply of two 9mt tall unique structures, called The Nests. Positioned at the 32nd floor of the tower, The Nests are timber rounded platforms forming a suspended parlour on top of the pool area, surrounded by an intricated freeform mesh of Ash Tree timber providing shelter and privacy.

  • Client: Minicon
  • Architect: Koichi Takada Architects
  • Services: Detailed design up to LOD400, Structural Engineering, Certification, Fabrication, Delivery to site
  • Completion: 2022