We were asked by our client to design a large roof terrace space at the top of a new and contemporary development of apartments. His request was to have large comfortable areas in which to entertain and the space was to have a lush and jungle feel, with a hot colour palette of flowers. We were also asked to screen the view from a neighbouring block, and to give a good degree of privacy to the space.
We designed the space into zones, creating areas with ‘L’ shaped modular seating; space for sun loungers and a large dining table. Each element was selected for comfort, functionality (fully waterproof) and design – all of which were linked well with the informal planting.
Evergreen Magnolia Grandifloras were selected to screen the neighbours and also offered beautiful lemon-scented flowers in the summer. Other textural and wind resistant evergreens were chosen ensuring that the views through to Canary Wharf and the City weren’t interrupted. We combined this structure with Lavender, Herbs, Palms, and Canna with orange and red flowers and purple leaves. Hot coloured seasonal flowers and perennials were used as underplanting which filled out the bases of the planters. We installed a high quality automatic watering system with hidden pipework.
The planters themselves were a mix of lightweight material in differing shapes, colours and textures to make the overall effect more interesting.
Finishing touches were lanterns, old Kilim cushions with differing designs and throws all of which worked with the colours of the interior of the apartment, so could be moved between both spaces as required.