terrace garden design 50m²
Sited atop a picturesque Wapping wharf, the roof terrace required a detailed overhaul to modernise an underused, sizeable rooftop into an intimate, thriving and functional city garden. Our client's fresh colour palette and travel artefacts inspired a personal terrace design narrative, where vibrant hues invigorate a contemporary layout. We utilised warm hardwood and buff sandstone alongside powder-coated, bespoke planter troughs to feature culinary herbs, architectural trees and scented Jasmine climbers. The L-shape terrace outline, abundant in integral niches and alcoves, enabled forming six distinct elevations encompassing contrasting aspects, while a secret, upper roof terrace provides an aerial vantage point above a two-tiered garden design.
We invited the contemporary sculptor Julian Wild to design and fabricate a spherical artwork to display above the terrace's seating hub, where his recycled copper tubing echoes industrial tones, which sympathetically key into Wapping's urban ambience. The distinctive modern sculpture, exhibited amid a terrace design composition of steel, wood and glass, forms contemporary outdoor equilibrium, while enveloped by London yellow stock brick walls. Positioned in a south-facing aspect, this see-through, globular artwork generates captivating daylight silhouettes within its surrounding backdrop, heightened by night-time lighting across a warm urban terrace garden design. Our extensive renovation process included detailing each architectural nuance across the roof terrace garden to produce refined contrast and rejuvenate valuable exterior space into a private sanctuary.
Terrace Garden Flora
We designed a diverse flora palette, encapsulating each contrasting rooftop microclimate. A low-lying Lavender veil frames city panoramas across a sunbathed upper roof terrace, while a trio of sculptural trees forms distinct focal points, anchoring the garden design's layout in pivotal corners. Silver birch, Olive and Sacred bamboo produce dainty foliage, filtering sunrays, and providing layered height. Aromatic herbs define the sculpture vista, planted in a series of elongated turquoise troughs, and subtly lit by an LED afterglow. The shaded living room wall elevation was transformed into a lush, evergreen Jasmine canopy, underplanted with Ferns, Hostas and Daylilies. A drift of lofty Verbena leads towards a Birch tree at the roof terrace's far end, highlighting glimpses of the Shard's apex above a pyramidal glass rooflight.
Angular deck landings enhance movement across this terrace garden, while defining access points to the kitchen and seating. We detailed integral LED strip lights between stone and wood surfaces, augmented by zoned terrace lighting, which extend functionality with energising ambience. The elevated, linear herb troughs enable easy harvest all year round, while a collapsible telescopic ladder forms a space-saving device to reach the upper rooftop terrace. A series of powder-coated, tapered shelves is situated along the living room walls, and frees up vertical space to display art, refreshments and seasonal blooms. With the new rooftop forming a verdant soothing retreat, its garden design integrates connective urban views into a radiant Wapping residence, utilising a good measure of terrace trendiness, superimposed by bold colours and abundant architectural articulations.