On this rooftop terrace, lush plantings create a private outdoor room for dining and entertaining, while preserving views out to the Manhattan skyline. A custom outdoor kitchen, new green roof, and thoughtful lighting all play important roles in establishing this previously underutilized rooftop as a lively space at all times of day.
Custom designed and fabricated elements include benches along the front façade that open to provide waterproof storage, stainless steel cabinetry and powder-coated aluminum planters, custom white pavers, and white Corian counter tops for the kitchen cabinets.
The planting plan maximizes and frames views. A variety of textures were added to the edge of the terrace, created by the Cotoneaster and the Panicum, the dominant plant in the design. The grasses unify the two spaces between the dining room and lounge area. A specimen Japanese Maple frames a view of the Empire State Building. The Dianthus and Sedum green roof adds an attractive edge between habitable spaces and the skylight, and a green wall of climbing Hydrangea masks the harsh white stucco wall behind it.
Chelsea Rooftop Terrace Nominated for Gardenista Design Award
Photography by Ty Cole.