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Skyline Garden

Date published: July 07 2017

New York

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This New York roof garden is the perfect ‘garden to kitchen’ solution

A New York couple knew they wanted their Summer home in the city - only on their roof. A keen cook and even keener gardener, the pair asked Brooklyn Studio Prospect to mirror both passions, as well as making the most from the views of Manhattan.

The result, a roof garden with two distinct areas which met the brief perfectly. Inspired by NYC’s Highline and Brooklyn Bridge parks, it reflects both an urban sophistication and a full spectrum of plants. The couple aimed for, and achieved, an urban oasis with flowers, vegetables and herbs for the kitchen, plus space to relax. The kitchen needed to be fully  functioning with maximum storage, a refrigerator, sink and barbeque. A stone counter preparation area was vital.

The resulting, almost industrial, feel acts as a spectacular contrast to the garden. Here, vegetables and herbs flourish, giving a ‘garden to kitchen’ solution that’s second to none. An eclectic mix of perennials and annuals, layered in colour, texture and height, lies in illuminated planters at the edges.

Despite having to move everything up four flights of stairs and the need for electrical and plumbing permits, this garden of two halves is a double success for Studio Prospect. The clients lives have been changed, with both passions indulged, and their living space doubled.

Designer: Laurie Blumenfeld-Russo

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