Large Roof Garden in Hampstead

Our client had recently lost her garden when a fire destroyed her family house and, on moving to a new modern 7th floor apartment nearby, she wanted to make the most of the enormous 130 square metre West-facing roof terrace that came with it. She is a keen gardener and wanted it to be a proper roof top garden with real seasonal planting.

The terrace opens straight off the sitting room so it is always visible and forms part of the fabric of the apartment. The brief to Charlotte Rowe Garden Design was specific and included a sitting area, a water feature a large arbour, a pottery workshop, a dining area and secondary sitting area with a herb garden.

We created a sitting area with outdoor sofas and coffee tables close to a bronze mirror water feature immediately off the apartment. In the centre of the terrace we put a large cedar arbour with a large clear and etched glass window taking the eye right down the terrace, framing the westerly sun. Here we also placed the pottery workshop and the dining area with large planters with an assortment of climbers, shrubs and perennials.

Beyond this structure, in the final third of the roof terrace is the secondary sitting area of built-in benches surrounded by fragrant herbs including chamomile, thyme, sage and rosemary, and perennials and grasses. The view across London from here is spectacular, particularly when the sun is setting. The look is completed with a row of up-lit olive trees, two specimen trees, espaliered figs and a range of lighting.