The stunning views, cosy gathering spots, barbecues and mix of native and non-native plantings will make the Skygarden on level 14 of Canberra biggest development, Republic, the perfect place to relax and entertain. And the space will also produce real energy and environmental benefits.

Designed by Oculus, the landscape architecture firm behind the greening of Sydney’s One Central Park and the grounds of MONA, the garden’s strengthening foundations, soil mixes and plantings will insulate the building, lowering the surrounding air temperature and reducing heating and cooling costs.

And another benefit provided by the greening of this unique urban precinct delivering a whole new way of living in Canberra will be a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

There’s a lot to consider when designing and building a roof garden. Landscape architects work with engineering plans and use lightweight soils and pots and other planting alternatives such as foam, and need to select species that will flourish in shallow soil and exposed environments.

Take a look at a couple of other great raised gardens from around the world: the public, linear High Line in New York City and residential roof garden at Life@Ladprao 18 in Bangkok.

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