GROSVENOR WATERSIDE | roof garden panorama
80mē roof garden | contemporary apartment
The orientation of the deck follows the line of Chelsea Bridge, while the detail between the hardwood and sandstone is highlighted by an LED light strip, which harmonises beautifully with the bridge lights. With roof gardens all around, the space feels truly urban yet generating verdant opulence with Hornbeam hedges - part of the original scheme - looking superb when in season. Yet all the roof gardens here suffer blustery winds - one flying over the river from the west and a colder gust piercing from the east. Pockets of shelter were created therefore in corners where I could fasten planters with tall evergreen shrubs with a structure such as a skylight, hedges or handrails.
One walks up two floors within the apartment before reaching the glass lantern at the top. As such, it was important to articulate a collection of crisp details to highlight the contemporary décor of the residence within the roof garden considering it is not viewed from the living space. The roof gardens at Hepworth Court previously had plain concrete pavers and lawns edged with railway sleepers. But the potential to create a dramatic modern design was considerable as the view stretches out 360 degrees - presenting an unparalleled compilation of significant London landmarks.
The new hardwood deck picks up the tones of the red brick in the buildings beyond giving a connection to the urban backdrop. The sandstone was quarried at 700 x 500 mm as I envisioned a medium size slab with a slight length to accentuate depth. This Yorkshire stone presents an anthology of warm tones ranging from buff through yellow to light blue. A selection of multi-coloured grasses unifies all the surfaces into a cohesive space.
Having created a series of roof gardens with good panoramas in the development, this plot benefits from uninterrupted views to an array of significant London landmarks in every direction. A range of seating areas was therefore devised to enable vantage points to enjoy the landscape. The vista to the East captures Big Ben right at the centre of the London Eye - underlined by giant London plane trees towering over the railway line. A multi-stem Himalayan Silver birch frames this view delicately – situated right in front of the lantern’s doors as an entrance focal point.
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