A Fluid Space
Tucked away snugly behind EC2's Great Eastern Street and Curtain Road, this Shoreditch roof terrace forms part of two outdoor spaces which envelop a creatively modernised penthouse apartment. North-facing and secluded, the roof terrace functions as its home's main alfresco hub, and features shade-loving plants in a minimalist array of customised, powder-coated planters. The interior's arched ceiling is echoed by streamlined, curved vases, while flamed granite pavers and Ipe hardwood decking merge with the apartment's flooring to produce a fluid, indoor-outdoor continuum – amid a tranquil terrace design.
Design & Words: Amir Schlezinger
modern penthouse roof terrace 52m²
Following the apartment's extensive refurbishment, its elongated roof terrace required varied zones to maximise renewed architectural flow. The kitchen's granite tiles were reproduced outdoors with a matching layout, while Walnut wood flooring was continued into Ipe decking, creating an integrated space. The terrace gained a greater sense of depth, balancing a vast, open-plan living room with sculptural foliage and layered architectural focal points, where its design's distinctive geometry infuses this modern Shoreditch penthouse apartment with dynamic movement and minimalist textures to soften a state-of-the-art interior, while extending valuable exhibit space for our client.
Design for Seclusion
Further privacy was paramount to enhance seclusion towards nearby office buildings. We constructed a well-fitted, hardwood-clad screen above the terrace's balustrade, providing a solid, linear backdrop for large-scale planters featuring Box spheres. Bamboos produce a soft veil along the rooftop's side boundaries, displayed in raised, recessed troughs and lit below, as a terracotta Buddha sculpture rests between two planter trios, forming part of an eclectic art collection. While the south-facing roof terrace is designed to maximise panoramic London vistas, facing Shoreditch High Street, in this intimate rooftop terrace, outdoor privacy is appreciated in peaceful quietude within proximity of kitchen amenities and remote-controlled penthouse gadgetry – well secluded amid Shoreditch's urban hustle and bustle.
To complement the delicate tones of natural wood and stone, we utilised a vibrant planter colour palette, with burgundy red, deep slate and white, enhancing outline contrast. A layered, evergreen planting scheme alternates between four large sets of glass doors, varying in height from low curved vases to tall tapered squares. This design methodology transforms indoor-outdoor views, and inversely, partitioning the long and narrow terrace into versatile zones. The warm, orange tones and soft texture of grassy Libertia ‘Goldfinger’ augment definition alongside verdant, round Box topiary, forming distinct silhouettes, while requiring unfussy, minimal upkeep, and effortlessly sustain a clean-lined, roof terrace design fusion.
The penthouse's expansive living room is balanced by tall rooftop planters, where two sets of bespoke, tapered planting vessels form a symmetrical composition along the roof terrace's horizontal cladding. The modern topiary layout design highlights the delicate nuances of a graceful, terra cotta Buddha statue, enfolding ethnic essence with soft curvature. These oversized, custom-made planters produce luminous reflections onto glass elevations and slanted roof eaves – generating pivotal scale at 1.5-metre height. The Buddha extends the apartment's fine art anthology into its roof terrace, forming a central focal point amid a myriad of cultural artefacts. We returned to the penthouse to develop further planting across its various roof terraces, and design & build a display system for an expanding indoor art collection.