Chelsea Creek Rooftop Terrace, London, SW6

Patricia Fox, Aralia


Overview This project was completed under very tight deadlines. St George had appointed a landscape architect practice but following the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 show garden ‘Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow’ they then commissioned Aralia to design a series of seven penthouse roof terraces. Aralia was appointed end June 2012 and initial concepts were required to be submitted within two weeks of appointment. Working alongside Tara Bernerd, who has designed the interiors, and Broadway Malyan Architects, Patricia and her team designed a series of London rooftop gardens that have an underlying design thread providing a unified scheme across the development. Inspiration was taken from both the architecture of the building and from the interiors. This ground-breaking series of London rooftop gardens embraces the latest in garden design, encompassing natural materials such as corten steel, granite and shot blasted glass, while introducing state-of-the-art outdoor kitchens, outdoor fireplaces, water features and green walls.

Judges’ comments The design of this series of roof gardens is a very slick piece of work in which the designer has translated Chelsea Show garden ideas to very good effect. The design is confident, with appropriate planting and good use of the rectangular space, using iroko timber structures to create ambience and reduce exposure to the elements. Planting, which includes a living wall, is appropriate to the exposed environment and allows views across the city to be maximised. 

Client St George Developments

Main contractor Ardmore Group

Suppliers Blakedown Landscapes, Robin Tacchi Plants, Deepdale Trees, Leyla Murr, Thomas Bramwell, Kinley systems

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