On the borders of Clerkenwell and Farringdon in Central London, a 30sqm roof terrace wraps around the 6th floor penthouse in the art deco Ziggurat Building. Hardwood decking joins a black granite floor at a long angle to lead the eye towards the western sky and is delineated further by an LED light strip joining both materials. Powder coated steel planters are detailed with hollow sections and floating details to appear light weight and feature an evergreen, wind, sun, drought and pollution tolerant planting design.
Whilst the clients spend much of their time working in the city and travelling the terrace was augmented by an LED low voltage lighting system that adds depth to the day features and extends use at night. This is overall a low maintenance, contemporary scheme, which compliments the curved white architecture of this art deco building. A circular powder coated tree planter echoes beautifully the curve of the terrace in both shape and colour. Hollow troughs allow a continuous view to the surrounding urban landscape and in turn are lit within the cavity to create an ambient as well as functional lighting.
Hardwood slatted screens detailed with stainless steel create a gentle but effective screen to the two neighbouring terraces, planted at their base with Lavenders. The textural planting is easy to maintain with some big and bold textures such as Carex contrasted with Thyme and Bergenia; Red Birch with white pebbles and at the shaded end Asplenium ferns with purple Astelia and Koleria grasses.
Design: Amir Schlezinger/ MyLandscapes LTD
Completed: July 2013
Size: 30 sqm
Photographs: Amir Schlezinger