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The oak deck leads the eye towards Canary Wharf, while the curved planters enhance the view to Tower Bridge. Curved sandstone and linear lighting give balance to a dramatic landscape viewed in a series of 3 roof terraces. In the south terrace wave planters reiterate the presence of the River Thames, augmented by Lavenders, Ceanothus and Magnolias.

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TEMPUS WHARF | a series of roof terraces

83mē three terraces | riverside apartment


Positioned at the midpoint between Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf, the front terrace enjoys 2 tremendous elevations of illuminated city landscape views. As with many converted buildings along the River Thames, the presence of water and its cycles form an important element in the terraces design. The client and I both shared an appreciation for natural materials and contemporary art and with 3 terraces totalling 83sqm there was plenty of scope for some interesting detailing. I wanted to match the flooring in the apartment with that of the terraces and so the European Oak was milled to the width of the floorboards. For the upper deck I used 3 width sizes in a random pattern and at an angle to lead the eye towards Canary Wharf.


Designing roof terraces along the River Thames provides many opportunities to respond to new architecture in the London skyline. The pair of curved planters was designed as a focal point from within the apartment and at the same time they respond to the shape of the Gherkin. A small curved sandstone promenade is carved into the deck alongside the planters as a viewing point to the landscape.


The sunnier terrace outside the master bedroom does not have a view of the river. The wave shaped planters introduce a motif of water and a sense of the location - this one-off design is unique to this terrace. The brick wall behind the planters gave an opportunity to use LED ropes to follow the wave shape and provide a great texture. Lavender, Magnolia, Ceanothus and a European fan palm love the heat out here and give a Mediterranean feel to the terrace. The recess under the contemporary troughs was lit as well to give ambient warmth.

Similar projects: Vauxhall roof garden | Thames Barrier terrace | Grosvenor roof garden | Borough city terrace

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