This seductive quartet of low, curved vases is powder coated in a burgundy gloss finish to accentuate an expansively glazed elevation in a remarkable Shoreditch roof garden. We formed an uninterrupted view from a vast open-plan living room, via the low vases, to taller topiary planters in its backdrop, where a sequence from deep to light colour, and low to tall scale, maximises spatial depth in a particularly elongated rooftop terrace setting. With a lustrous, radiant finish, the streamlined, low planters define dynamic ambience in a north-facing aspect, and match the interior's arched ceiling. Libertia ‘Goldfinger’, an orangey, grass-like New Zealand perennial, generates contrasting form and texture, while infusing movement and tactility, alongside a minimalist hard landscape and an uncluttered penthouse apartment.
The colossal panorama from this 16th floor penthouse duplex above Thames Barrier encapsulates London's vast skyline in its entirety. To portray the local history and immediate surroundings, we designed sizeable, custom-made tree planters for two roof terraces to express Thames Barrier's shapes, tones and textures and its park backdrop. To balance these curvilinear focal points, we created a series of wave-shaped planters featuring coastal flora – powder coated in two tones to produce sinuous contours. Both roof terraces are surfaced with artificial grass in two colours, infusing vibrancy and softness, while linking seamlessly to Docklands' Thames Barrier Park's landscape.
These mauve and heliotrope planters produce a vibrant roof garden sequence, while screening adjacent commercial offices. Designed for two sisters, the rhythmic duet element is enhanced by LED lighting below and sprawling, culinary Thyme herbs above, continued with scarlet flowering, Australian Bottlebrush shrubs across the roofscape perimeter. We utilised the planters' lower recess to increase sense of space along narrow passages, where even in such a large roof garden, the surface unveiled beneath planters augments perspective, while generating subtle, architectural detail design nuances.
The owners of this minimalist canalside penthouse invited us to redesign their back terrace, following the main rooftop's completion by the living room. With an expansive Shard panorama, we included two Olive trees to define a better connected urban roof terrace. The taller specimen is featured in a bespoke circular planter, where an integral LED afterglow highlights crystals in granite flooring, forming a focal point enjoyed from the master bedroom. A white, matt powder-coating finish contrasts silvery granite flagstones, linear planters with Cape daisies and a herb trough fitted on the terrace's parapet wall.
A discerning client inspires personalised design ideas, and in this Clapham Town garden, the planters were designed as tall punctuation marks to enhance a recent modern renovation. Subtle, architectural curvature distinguishes a linear garden space, adding further balance with upright Horsetail stems. Powder coated in taupe, the planters' neutral hues contrast a deep maroon water rill wall and dusky basalt paving. Commencing the design process at the refurbishment's outset, with a clear insight of our clients' vision for their interior, inspired a fluid scheme – abundant in customised, one-off focal points.
In this country weekend home for a London client, we devised a series of 40 planters to enhance the elevations which surround their barn conversion. With several outbuildings of varying architectural styles, scattered across a 5-hectare site, we designed a contemporary blueprint to fuse varied elements into a cohesive whole. Along the west outskirt, by a modern sports barn and its 8-metre high roofline, a trio of conical white planters merges with Essex fields. Graceful, milky Silver birch tree trunks form a distinct, engaging vista from a swimming pool near the house, highlighting refined contrast in a contemporary landscape design, amid an agricultural backdrop.
Sir John Lyon House' orange cladding inspired our planter design for this penthouse rooftop, where contemporary glass and stainless steel elevations narrate the building's architecture. With proximate St Paul's Cathedral, we designed a classic shape within a modern context, and since every inch of space precious in this small rooftop terrace, the orange planters appear lightweight, floating on a square frame, while LED lighting projects inside their cavities, above Ipe decking. Agave americana ‘Mediopicta’, a variegated Century plant from Mexico, forms a sculptural display in two planters, positioned diagonally across the terrace. Interspersed amongst a leafy Mediterranean rooftop planting scheme, these succulents evoke the scenery of our clients' Portuguese garden. The blue hues of Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern's skyline highlight and contrast the Agaves' warm, varicoloured tones.
This 2.5-metre long, stepped planter mitigates its terrace's angularity, while providing a pivotal focal point. The entrance to this space is via a two-storey glass stairway, and when London's expansive city skyline is ultimately revealed outside a glazed pod at the top, a multi stem Silver birch emerges from its upper planter, contrasted by an orange drift of New Zealand grasses in a lower trough. A dynamic sequence unveils an urban landscape, where Big Ben is perfectly framed within London Eye, and defines a grand Chelsea Bridge panoramic view with its shimmering lights. The planter's angular side elevations follow the rooftop's linearity, reducing predictability and rigidity by forming underlying clarity, alongside contemporary roof terrace planting.
St Paul's Cathedral vista from this Clerkenwell roof terrace presents epic, up-close panoramas, where a definitive EC1 sense of place is gradually unveiled through a sensitively renovated duplex penthouse apartment. A series of modern artworks narrates a glass and steel continuum, with expansive, warm Walnut finishes which weave the interiors' layers cohesively, and had inspired our minimalist roof terrace ideas. We began by outlining a vision for indoor planters, to complement an extensive art collection, followed by a matching sequence for three roof terraces which envelop the apartment.
These interlocking duo planters were designed to create movement along the master bedroom's exterior elevation, linking their terrace into a surrounding roofscape of slate tiles and London clay brickwork. The planters were powder coated in contrasting agate and slate greys, accentuated by maroon tinted walls, while lighting produces a warm glow through gaps in their elevations. Soft Aspidistra foliage, the Bar room plant, is juxtaposed alongside variegated Acorus, a Japanese sweet flag, to form a luxuriant, tropical rooftop garden.
Some of our city gardens and courtyards are crafted entirely with custom-made planters, across roof terrace designs and patios, where planting in the ground is often unfeasible. Utilising bespoke troughs improves drainage, and enables cultivation of species which are tricky to grow in a temperate maritime climate. Exclusive, one-off planters generate connective, free-standing focal points, enhancing distinction within a unique site, while defining our clients' individuality.