CASE STUDY / SKYHOUSE APARTMENTS
The Epitome of Downtown Living
How a collaborative design team carefully planned this rooftop sanctuary to capture the essence of Salt Lake City.
- The rooftop at Skyhouse is the most distinguished feature of the apartment community.
- The rooftop is the property’s key differentiator and an invaluable marketing asset, contributing to a solid 95% occupancy rate.
- Loft Six Four skillfully balanced a tight, roughly half-million dollar budget with the need for the rooftop to be a standout.
- Rooftop amenities add an estimated $0.20/square foot to rent prices. This means Skyhouse’s amenities generate more than $425K in added revenue each year.
- Tenants love the rooftop. It produces the feeling many are looking for — an outdoor experience within their desired urban lifestyle.
- With an average of 4.4. stars, 20% of reviews on Google mention the amenities specifically. Similarly high reviews are found on yelp, Facebook, and apartments.com.
A Strong Reputation in Salt Lake City
Skyhouse is a perfectly-located downtown apartment building that has quickly established a reputation for style and elegance. Its dark gray brick facade makes a statement along North Temple Street, a main thoroughfare in Downtown Salt Lake City.
The crown jewel of the property is its rooftop. Loft Six Four designed a simple, but exciting rooftop that spans the entire length of the building. The iconic space provides striking views of the State Capitol, downtown high rises, Temple Square, the Hardware District, and both the Wasatch and Oquirrh mountain ranges. The rooftop is a key differentiator, taking advantage of the project’s unique opportunities to make it a clear standout.
As another example of luxurious multifamily projects thriving on the west side, Skyhouse leverages its rooftop to attract and retain tenants. The rooftop is most frequently used by residents as a popular evening hangout.
FANS OF SKYHOUSE
Reactions from Skyhouse residents further demonstrate the impact the rooftop has had on the project's overall success.
“Skyhouse is such a beautiful property! I really like the amenities they offer and the rooftop is my favorite place to go unwind after a long day! […] I couldn’t be happier with my decision to live at Skyhouse!”
– Sarah L.
“Skyhouse is a great place to live. The rooftop is to die for and the staff has been so great! […] Probably the best apartment experience I have ever had.”
– Liza H.
“This is a beautiful apartment building. […] The common areas are well designed and maintained. My favorite feature is the huge amazing rooftop deck with bbqs and lounge seating where you can catch a spectacular Utah sunset every night. This place is amazing.”
– Steve K.
“I’ve been living at Skyhouse for nearly a year now and my experience has been pretty exceptional. Almost dead center to the city, so if you enjoy city living, this is a place to check out. […] The rooftop displays amazing views of the city and has a very luxurious vibe.”
High-Value Amenities, On Budget
With the runaway success of neighboring 4th West Apartments in mind, the developer knew Skyhouse needed exciting amenities in order to make an impact. But, under the pressure of rising construction costs, the rooftop was almost abandoned altogether.
However, developers knew the rooftop was too good of an opportunity to pass up. A cost-effective solution was paramount. We coordinated with the architect and other consultants to provide an affordable solution for the 9,000 square foot rooftop space. Drawing from our experience designing rooftop amenities throughout Salt Lake City, the Loft Six Four team strategically dialed back the design while keeping the most important elements in place.
“Loft Six Four is great to work with. I have been most impressed with the level of coordination – not only with us as the architect but with all of the other consultants involved in the building design. It’s nice to work in a team environment where everything that needs coordination is brought to the table to discuss. ”
Alex Stoddard / Architecture Belgique Inc.
Designed for Evening Hangouts
The Skyhouse rooftop features a dozen distinct gathering areas for socializing, complete with grilling stations, fire pits, and lounge furniture. String lights crisscross the entire length of the space, providing a unique ambiance at night and human-scale during the day.
Wood screen fencing shields the amenities from utilities and gives structure to the space. Small trees in raised metal planters create rhythm and frame city views. The fencing, lighting, and trees can all be seen from the street below, inviting curiosity and making the rooftop a main feature of the building.
Spectacular Salt Lake City Views
Nothing captures the essence of city living like the views from the Skyhouse rooftop. Nearly 360-degree panoramic views include the Wasatch Front’s most recognizable landmarks. For tenants that desire an urban lifestyle, the rooftop expresses their highest aspirations.