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The terrace is part of 2 overlooking the city with sweeping views in all directions. The terraces are located above one another and share similar design layouts to correspond with the angles of the building. The surfaces relate to the Thames Barrier Park beyond with artificial grass, granite. The planters reiterate the shapes of the barrier.

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THAMES BARRIER | roof terrace garden

53mē roof terrace | city duplex


This penthouse on the 12th floor near City Airport features 2 terraces. The upper one at 33 sqm adjoins the master bedroom, while the larger terrace, at 53 sqm, joins the living room below. The view to the west encompasses every significant London city landmark - from the O2 to the Emirates Air Line and Canary Wharf. But none is as significant as the Thames Barrier right below with its curves and glistening cladding. The Barrier Park, designed in 1995, is a significant modern regeneration project dominating the view in front of the city.


To create a strong link to the park, I wanted to introduce similar materials and textures in the design of the terrace. This had to also work internally to negotiate the angular lines of the building, while being functional too. Artificial grass in two textures is used for the main lounge. A granite promenade frames the city view with a direct link to the park's surface. The hardwood decking is used for the dining area - reminiscent of the river's promenade.


The specially designed planters follow in their shapes the curves of the barrier adding a motif of water. A series of troughs featuring wind-resistant shrubs are powder coated with two colours creating the shape of a wave. The tree planters, featured on each terrace, were designed to echo the barrier's structure and are powder coated with two colours as well - a lighter one on the outside and a darker tone on the visible part of the interior.

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