When Ella Fontanals-Cisneros asked Raymond Jungles to design a garden for her high-rise rooftop, the Miami-based landscape architect accepted the offer, even though he rarely takes on such projects. “Rooftops are a whole other animal and not for the faint of heart,” he says. “But I wanted to work with Ella again, because she is such a supporter of visual art and design. I was also excited about the challenges the project presented.”
Daniel Keeley, founder and principal of DK Design in Fayetteville, Arkansas recently redesigned two adjacent rooftop terraces on Fayetteville Square that exemplify urban outdoor living at its finest. Rooftop spaces present a unique atmosphere for entertaining and relaxing with friends and family. Along with that atmosphere comes a unique set of conditions that impact the design and construction process. Here Keeley shares five considerations for homeowners who would like to transform their rooftop into a luxury living space.
It is difficult to pinpoint when the living roof jumped from eco-fantasy to eco-solution — there have been startling and innovative green roofs all across the country and in Europe seemingly forever. But in my mind, technology and design caught up with the dream in 2008 when a sweeping marvel of native plants, wildflowers, and engineering was built atop San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences.
Everything about Flavor Paper is larger than life. The company’s origins are dramatic, its early years cataclysmic, its printed wallpaper—the result of dedicated craftsmanship and a mod (and sometimes post-mod) sensibility—dazzling.
This beautiful penthouse garden sits atop a house owned by artist Lawrence Weiner and his wife Alice. The most unusual feature? Look behind Alice—the penthouse was built using two truck containers as a body. Designed by LOT-EK, this townhouse renovation creates a modern look with unexpected recycled materials.