Puddicombe Roof Garden
A 30 foot by 150 foot mechanical roof space, accessed by the owner’s duplex, commands a spectacular panoramic view of Central Park. Bulky and unsightly mechanical equipment is screened by a Cedar fence that frames and defines the remaining garden’s precinct. The fence stretches across the roof’s entire depth, yet allows window washing equipment to pass through via sliding gates on each end. A string of up-lights, placed within the fence’s cavity, create a back-lit “shadow box” effect in the evening.
A central rectangular lawn panel has been inserted within the remaining non-paved area layed over a green roof composite system. The lawn is the garden’s organizing focal element that gives shape to furniture groupings and differentiates dining from lounging activities. The green panel functions as a “lawn beach” inviting casual lounging with its gentle slopes that help angle the visitor towards the sun or to the northern view to Central Park. A drift of River Birch grace the Cedar fence facade and provides another layer to further reinforce the garden’s western edge.
Weeping Birches, at the opposite end of the lawn panel, are gathered as a solitary vertical focal element punctuating the lawn panel.