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Blog / design & words Amir Schlezinger
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Dynamic Lushness

We designed this lush Butlers Wharf roof terrace alongside three other penthouses, atop a converted wharf in vibrant Shad Thames, where the proximity of Tower Bridge presents a breathtaking vista.

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1. pots 2. view 3. irises 4. ferns 5. frame 6. bench 7. grasses 8. climbers 9. sculpture 10. river scene

roof terrace foliage
thames river terrace
modern ceramic pots

1 pots

grassy symmetry

The ceramic pots add warmth amid imposing scale outside the lived-in kitchen adjoining the south-facing roof terrace. Blue fescue and Pencil grasses are displayed in a balanced composition.

2 view

the towering bridge

The north-facing balcony at the top features an east view of Canary Wharf panorama, yet the angle encapsulating Tower bridge to the west enables an eye-level, up-close vista.

3 irises

bearded petals

The Illyrian Iris from Croatia feels at home here in Butlers Wharf, soaking up afternoon sun and enhancing the Tower Bridge view under the blue sky, underplanted with evergreen Sweet flags.

4 ferns

sword ferns & silver trunks

The lower courtyard by the entrance is mostly shaded, and while forming an internal atrium viewed from both the lounge and guest bedroom, its setting is North American with Sword ferns and birches.

modern fern urns
bespoke oak bench
stainless steel green wall

5 frame

swiss steel

In the lower north terrace, the stainless steel green wall system forms an architectural display, spanning the entire 10-metre length of the rooftop, designed to support Clematis armandii.

6 bench

welsh oak

The Welsh oak bench was custom-built to balance the main roof terrace's linearity, while enhancing the upper balcony's aerial view, with a Blanc de Bierges table and a bijou opal stone sculpture.

7 grasses

fountains of grass

A trio of Pennisetum alopecuroides is featured in tall terrazzo pots along the sunnier corner of the entrance courtyard, generating eye-catching feathery plumes.

8 climbers

armand clematis

The evergreen Clematis armandii is a vigorous climber. We planted three specimens in the lower roof terrace, where the walls form an ideal, solid backdrop in scale and colour.

lush green wall
tall pots fountain grasses
abstract outdoor sculpture

9 sculpture

opal stone & leopard plants

The sculpture echoes the foliage outlines in the lower shaded roof terrace adjacent to the master bedroom, displayed above a stainless steel plinth, and enfolded by the fronds of Tasmanian Tree ferns.

10 river scene

on shad thames

Over the last 3 decades, Shad Thames has been transformed into a bustling centre of architecture, art, design and culinary hideaways.

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subtropical roof terrace
tropical roof garden

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The success of this project led to three further roof terrace design & build schemes at the top of Butlers Wharf, where each penthouse suite presents diverse layouts and unique outdoor spaces.