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.
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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.