This contemporary penthouse roof terrace is defined by a central focal point formed with a pair of geometric custom troughs, amid a symmetrical composition. A minimalist white palette produces a fluid interplay, keyed into the apartment's decor and surrounding modern waterfront architecture. Sandstone, hardwood and LED lighting merge with the city landscape, where Silver birch trees frame a St Pancras vista, while silky grasses generate soft, cascading textures.
Design & Words: Amir Schlezinger
contemporary penthouse terrace 45m²
The penthouse atop Albert Dock features a minimalist apartment, where its terrace design fuses with our clients' distinctive approach by utilising light sandstone pavers, white custom-made planters and LED lighting, which form a contemporary layout. The design's mellow textures key into Kings Place, the modern concert hall across Regent's canal and its curvilinear stone facade, while an interplay between the building's extensive stone-clad architecture and apartment's elevation is enhanced by geometric planters. With the terrace atmospherically lit, the sun setting above the canal's water narrates captivating roof terrace garden ambience, amid unadulterated London panoramas.
Roof Terrace Geometry
The central planters' geometry is softened with silky foliage, while a duo of boatlike, 2-metre curved vases flanks the roof terrace outline. These streamlined planting vessels reiterate the living room's circular elevation, which curves through this penthouse terrace. Contemporary, cosy sofas accommodate picturesque London sunsets and a sweeping Shard panorama, positioned along a hardwood deck, where bespoke, Silver birch tree planters feature a spherical top to echo the terminal arches of St Pancras. We continually evolve distinct apertures in roof terrace designs to expand depth towards urban skyline perspectives, beside hydrodynamic planter shapes which highlight the presence of nearby watercourses, and delineate garden designer nuances amid an intrinsic, metropolitan landscape across its citified outdoor lifestyle.
An expansive view from the penthouse's open-plan kitchen highlights the roof terrace design's fluidity and pivotal, interlinked elements. The white planters depict the concert hall's spatial outline, forming a centred focal point, and emulate the indoor flooring's colour tones. The kitchen's worktop profile, planters' architectural detail design and canalside buildings meld together, while interior sculpture and Silver birch trees interconnect to form an indoor-outdoor design sequence. LED strip lights merge with a voluminous, full-height glazed elevation; their pure linearity expands an urban vista towards London's skyline, where minimal upkeep throughout both hard and soft landscaping schemes conveys contemporary penthouse terrace lifestyle.
We returned a while later to design a smaller roof terrace, where its south-facing aspect provides sun and shelter which sustain a thriving Mediterranean rooftop setting. Since our clients' holiday home is in Barcelona, North-eastern Spain, we planted befitting Olive specimens, vibrant Cape daisies and emblematic, scented Carnations to suit the master bedroom's ambience. Culinary herbs and alpines, featured in a bespoke trough, fitted onto the terrace's parapet wall, produce edible foliage and blooms – teeming with essential wildlife. A tall Olive tree trunk echoes its Shard backdrop, enhancing and linking this tiny, 11-square-metre terrace balcony to a panoramic city landscape.