New York City Rooftop Garden Offers Views and Privacy

February 4, 2013 by

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Pulltab Design, whose indoor green wall I featured a few years ago, designed this beautiful urban garden for a client in New York City’s East Village, incorporating a novel custom water feature and space defining canvas privacy screens made by a sailmaker. 

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With the strategic placement of planters, partitions, and built-in benches, the rooftop space provides a number of seating niches and separate cozy outdoor rooms.

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The garden’s focal point is a large rough sawn block of oak wood, above, the top carved to accept a custom designed stainless steel basin and spout which pours water into a rusting corten steel water feature.

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Sourced from Pennsylvania, the block of wood functions as both seating and a fountain, and like many of the garden’s features including the planted screen below, it was designed to weather beautifully over time.

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The garden design takes advantage of panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline yet includes features to maintain the owner’s privacy within a wide open space. Designed for privacy, three walls surrounding the outdoor shower, above, offer privacy at the same time allowing the owner a glimpse of the Empire State Building through a small opening.

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Designers cleverly placed a 22-inch round framed window lined with a section of gas line pipe to drip rust down the stucco wall. I love how the rust connects visually to the rusted steel elsewhere in the garden, a nod to letting the materials evolve naturally.

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The garden’s materials, textures, and plantings combine to create an outdoor living space that will only get better with age.

Photography by Bilyana Dimitrova.

HT Remodelista, CubeMe

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