New York roof terraces

Charlotte Rowe was asked to create three roof terraces in Tribeca in downtown Manhattan for a client who had bought a fabulous former dairy in one of the most interesting streets in New York. The terraces are on different floors of the building which has had a modern two storey core put into the original heritage building.

The largest terrace acts as an outdoor sitting room and dining area. The terrace is divided into two separate seating areas at different levels, one is decked, the other in paved in stone and along one side is a water rill. There is an integrated fireplace using one of the existing chimneys with low seating on either side so the space is used as an entertaining space. There is another family terrace on the South side of the building with bench seating and deep planting beds. This terrace also doubles up as a dog loo area and a basket ball court. The final space, on the top of the building, has a small plunge pool with water spout and decked sunbathing area with bench seating.

Planting uses a limited palette of drought and wind tolerant plants which can cope with the radical changes in New York weather, from soaring heat in the Summer to bitter cold in the winter.