When landscape architect Gabriella Mazzola designed a roof garden for her clients atop a modern residential building in Italy, she understood why they asked for "a green oasis of relaxation.” Her gentle hand with a feel for fine-textured plants creates a remarkable transformation and allows light to penetrate while providing screens for backgrounds and privacy. This space features a dozen great ideas for adding warmth and contrast to cold hard surfaces.
Prior to Gabriella’s design, the original monochromatic rooftop patio was nothing but hard surfaces between two massive walls. It more closely resembled a prison yard than a residential outdoor space. The tubular steel overhead structure offered no aesthetic interest, but Gabriella seized its excellent opportunity for shading concepts and as a trellis for climbing plants.