CHELSEA | KINGS | terrace rooftop
44mē terrace | new build complex
Whilst the kitchen terrace backed onto the Stamford Bridge Stadium and had more sun, it was practical to use it as a herb garden. The living room terrace backed on to the landscaped gardens of this London development and although shaded had some open views to landmarks beyond. With the exception of retaining most of the pale concrete paving, everything on the terrace was specially commissioned. I retained the paving and orientated it at 40 degrees. This immediately opened up the space and gave an opportunity for a range of details. Lilac bands of sandstone at 900 mm long replaced the pale concrete every 4 lines adding colour and rhythm. The beautiful contemporary stone sculpture was specially made for the project.
The white trunks of Silver birch emerge from a dark curved bowl at the narrowest part of the terrace to screen off a private area. The bowl is covered with a mound of red cobbles, which pick up on the tones of the lilac paving. The area beyond the bowl is affiliated to one of the bedrooms providing a small L-shaped area with its own informal seating.
Three raised beds were configured on the new angular grid of the paving. Detailed with iroko coping and a smooth façade they feature contorted Hazels as the key accents together with bronze Astelia and grasses. With the lower foliage being mainly evergreen, the sculptural stems of the deciduous Hazel come into their own in winter.
The contemporary Belgian bluestone table fitted beautifully within the grid of the stones with both legs aligned on a lilac slab. The thickness of the iroko hardwood in the bench and raised beds echoes the similar profile of the bluestone. The shape of the stainless steel legs of the bench were directly drawn from that of the table.
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