Main requirements: plenty of growing medium, robust anchorage, site suitability, logistic access for large, mature specimens. Core elements: Arbutus, Betula, Eucalyptus, Euonymus, Ginkgo, Laurus, Olea, Pinus, Quercus ilex, Salix, Vitex. Central ideas: architectural, multi-stemmed silhouettes, pollution-tolerant and wind-resistant inherent attributes. Design essentials: appropriate, symbiotic underplanting, distinct flora and wildlife associations, sculptural forms, effective lighting methods.
Main requirements: suitable selections and juxtapositions. Layering for additional shelter, contrasting textures and scale. Core elements: sun-tolerant, Mediterranean and coastal species, desert and succulent genera, drought-tolerant vegetation. Central ideas: follow affiliation in habitat preferences and maintenance needs. Utilise compact, vigorous plant forms. Design essentials: evergreen compositions interspersed with deciduous, herbaceous and seasonal interest. Dense groupings, integrating advantageous Australian, Californian, and Chilean species – in particular plants from New Zealand.
Main requirements: durability, pliability, resilience, robustness, sturdiness. Core elements: small, glaucous and silver-leaved foliage, high-altitude, long-lived plants. Central ideas: graceful movement in windy rooftops, alongside solid, shrubby outlines. Grassy necessities with drifts of tough, grass-like perennials and copious, true grasses in minimalist swathes. Design essentials: ground-cover combinations of culinary herbs with well-matched alpines, accentuated by spiky and piny focal points. Low-growing, compact palm trees with dense crowns such as Brahea armata and Chamaerops humilis, and slow-growing palm species including Butia capitata and Cordyline australis.
Main requirements: native species interspersed into diverse, eclectic plant palettes. Core elements: profusely berried trees and shrubs for birds. Undisturbed thickets for butterfly habitats. Nectar-rich blooms for bees. Central ideas: well-balanced roof terrace frameworks which accommodate ecological sustainability alongside architectural design blueprints. Design essentials: multilayered, multicoloured and multi-sensory rooftop environments to promote and synchronise balanced, nurturing and sustainable urbanisation.
Main requirements: well-planned circuitry to facilitate variety of settings and architectural focus. Core elements: highlight colourful branches, stems and textured bark, illuminate central, vegetal focal points. Central ideas: interconnect with surrounding city architecture utilising perceptive outdoor lighting techniques, while highlighting intrinsic qualities of individual roof terrace planting schemes. Design essentials: versatile lightscaping vitally amplifies leafiness, structure and verdancy at night-time, augmenting the compositional aspects of roof terrace planting designs amid citified backdrops, and generates intimate, liveable rooftop hubs.
Main requirements: ample drainage, integral irrigation, endurance, stability and contrasting visual variation pivotally enhance the unique growing containers required to maintain flourishing roof terrace plant life. Core elements: Bespoke, free-standing planters, built-in raised beds, custom-made troughs, powder-coated pots and vases. Central ideas: anti-topple brackets, integrated drainage and lighting outlets, movable castors. Design essentials: articulate balanced scale between planters and plants, while flawlessly merging prominent silhouettes with distinctive architecture.
Main requirements: well-selected sculptural flora magnifies spatial qualities across a broad range of roof terrace scales and withstands prevailing wind tunnel effects in urban grids. Core elements: broad-canopied, candelabra-like and multi-branched plant forms endure windy rooftop microclimates effortlessly. Central ideas: architectural plants produce engaging focal points, paramount in conveying natural, interconnected and well-integrated roof terrace landscapes. Design essentials: seductively sculpted trunks, elevated by carpet-like, low-lying vegetation. Asymmetrical compositions with see-through veils to borrowed cityscapes. Sculpturally designed urban rooftops which communicate art, design and nature.
Main requirements: detailed planning strategy, structural engineering, electrical and water infrastructure. Drainage, irrigation, lighting and floating surface systems. Core elements: adequate compost, surface and substrate permeability. Provisions for wind load onto plants and structures. Central ideas: Expressively green-oriented, city-focused, landscape-related and skyline-merged. Design essentials: Function, permanence and serviceability reiterate the significance of well-landscaped roof terraces, the relevance of their design ethos and a renewed sense of place within a vacuum of sombre architecture.
Main requirements: plentiful compost depth enables rooftop planting vessels to amply nourish long-term, green vascular systems with soil porosity, sustenance and pH vitality. Core elements: decorative mulch aggregates stabilise compost in windswept rooftop terraces. Efficiently varying roof terrace irrigation programmes in sync with the changing seasons optimises plant growth. Central ideas: well-drained and well-irrigated roof terrace planting schemes thrive in highly challenging site conditions. Design essentials: simplified layouts maximise visual clarity and eases roof terrace upkeep.
Main requirements: site-conscious, astute selection of plants and materials. Core elements: Tweaking of traditional landscape design inclinations to fulfil specific roof terrace necessities. Central ideas: visually synced, aesthetically aware and environmentally friendly roof terraces impart consistency, consonance and longevity within a broad range of challenging microclimates. Design essentials: Each rooftop terrace we design, build and maintain becomes an integral part in a network of aerial landforms, portraying verdant connectivity, which restates its capacity to endorse microclimatic aptness, and furthers new climate patterns amid a gripping matrix of city roof terraces.