We are devoted advocates to opening up floor plans and expanding visual and physical access to planted roofs, terraces and the landscape beyond. As biophilia principles and other studies have re-affirmed, our connection to nature not only adds enjoyment to the places where we live, work and play, it is also good for our health, not to mention the environment. In a previous loft project, we connected the entertaining and living areas with a new green roof terrace through a sunken courtyard, adding a sense of calm and retreat to urban life. In another project, we designed a 2,600-square-foot living roof for a Manhattan duplex residence that included a large lawn — a true recreation space — alongside sedums and unirrigated gardens.
Our latest rooftop project is just starting to take shape with a blackened mahogany trellis that blends into older industrial rooftop structures in the landmarked district.
A new steel-and-wood stair leads up to the rooftop where a bulkhead with expansive glazing opens up to dramatic views of the surrounding urban landscape.
The exterior, clad in dark oiled mahogany with a lead-coated copper fascia, blends into and honors the urban landscape that is often hidden.
Our enthusiasm for seeing it completed was teased this week when our green thumbed Tribeca Loft client shared some recent photos of their own verdant rooftop oasis which features intensive and extensive green roofs and varied living spaces. Sometimes the best projects are the ones that fully mature and bloom years later as they become well lived in and garner some patina!
To see more of our projects with rooftop additions, go to the links below.