To create the setting for this 1,400 sq ft (140 sq m) roof terrace, an ex s* postmodern roof pavilion was demolished to make way for a modern arch :er. framework inspired by the works of American architect Paul Rudolph and - - - • architects Jean Prouvé and Pierre Chareau. A steel-framed platform was ins:s - : onto which a program of garden elements were placed: a fountain, perg: ^ -planters, as well as an outdoor kitchen and shower.
The custom cast concrete pavers, sandblasted glass panels, painteo : - -framework and perforated stainless steel panels contrast with the lush pla- : . chosen for their color, texture, scent as well as hardiness to the ex: ^ conditions of New York City roof tops.
Furnishings for the project are custom fabrications based on modern as well as furniture designer Chris Lehrecke, and accommodate the c: er~ 5 entertainment activities on the terrace during the day or at night. Fabrics /.r chosen to compliment the plant palette as well as for durability; they e - r i outdoors year-round.
The terrace includes the following features: Terrace Lounge Area, Formai Dr Area. Pergola over Dining Area, granite and glass mosaic Fountain, BBQ 3 — outdoor shower, site audio system, extensive site lighting, electronic irnga* : E system, and six built-in infrared heaters within the pergola structure to e-*~ z the outdoor dinning season.
eAST WEST SECTION LOOKINO SOUTH
Typical planter detail eAST WEST SECTION LOOKINO SOUTH
As a requirement by the building management company, the entire roof terrace improvement was designed to be disassembled and removed. The structural steel frame that supports the terrace paving, pergola, fountain, planters and railing is anchored to four columns.
Western view of the terrace lounge at sunset.
\ Terrace lounge area at night viewed from within the penthouse loft that includes a bar, seating area and fireplace. This photograph was taken just a few months before 9/11/01. and is the southern view with the World Trade Center twin towers in the Manhattan skyline beyond i Western view of the terrace louixge All the furnishings for the lounge area and the dining area were custom fabricated specifically for this project.
/ View of the plantings and furnishings adjacent to the pergola and the enclosed shower.
T Evening view of the dining area and pergola from the terrace lounge area. This view is facing east
W View looking northwest from the dining area to the penthouse. The wood house tank is in view beyond the penthouse structure. \ View of the dining area and pergola in foreground with the terrace lounge area beyond. This view is facing west. The penthouse is to the rear right, i View of the dining area and pergola from the terrace lounge area. This view is facing east.
T View within the dining area looking east.
/ View from within the penthouse loft to the pergola and dining area at left, and the terrace lounge area at right.
Full view of the plantings within the planter adjoining the enclosure for the outdoor shower at center left, a portion of the pergola to the right. Various sized color integrated cast concrete pots planted with Garden Japanese Junipers are in view at bottom left and within the dining area
«— Detail of the marble and glass mosaic fountain, and the railing to the top right. The fountain has built in lighting, and the pumping equipment is located in the void space between the pavers and the root membrane.
Name withheld upon request project team - Sawyer/Berson
Principal. J. Brian Sawyer, ASIA Associate/Project Manager; T m J Orlando, ASLA other key consultants
Lghting Design; Fisher Marantz Stone, Slruciura Engineering: Gilsanz, Murray and Steficek;
Roofing Consultant: Walter B. Melvln. Architect location
New York, New York completion November 2003 photography
Bill Cunningnam. Dana Galiagner
Private Rooftop Garden in Minneapolis
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