COVENT GARDEN | roof garden design
125mē roof garden | modern residence
The modern setting is enveloped by old buildings in this historic and busy part of town. The design for this large roof garden was not only dependant on a balanced layout but also on challenging logistics to enable its creation. While the entire roof required a complete overhaul of water tightening, this had created the opportunity to remove the previous garden landscaping, which consisted of tonnes of outdated and dilapidated brickwork, pots and inappropriate vegetation. All the newly designed components necessitated the use of an external crane, which was hired at intervals to import project materials when required.
With the roof outline being quite long and narrow, I wanted to divide it into 3 parts, each a unique space, forming a scheme traversing half a metre change of level. A hardwood deck occupies the central main lounge with 3 steps either end, framed with low hedges to define the entrance points - one with Lavender, the other with Japanese Holly. The pattern for the dining area outside the doorway was tiled with porcelain light flooring, enhanced with scented shrubs. This had opened up views of BT Tower to the west, adding intimacy within the larger landscape. The lower area at the other end, with views of the London Eye and the Opera House, is carpeted with artificial grass and furnished with sun loungers.
The outdoor kitchen acts as a central hub with plenty of cooking, serving and washing space. The red colour, contrasted with the white Corian worktop, adds a touch of contemporary finesse. Mediterranean flora works well here and makes the most of the sunshine, while being able to cope with drying wind and pollution. LED strip lighting is featured throughout to delineate the makeup of the various zones such as step risers and seating areas. 2 planter prototypes were created to house the distinct palette of plant species. The arrangement of colours reiterates the surroundings in the selection of slate grey to relate to the rooftops landscape and a lighter taupe - to tie in with the architectural fixtures.
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