When it comes to gardening, every roof terrace has its issues. Strong winds and extreme exposure can desiccate even the toughest plants while weight restrictions, safety regulations and getting materials to the top of a building all make vertiginous outdoor spaces among the most challenging sites. But with those challenges come major benefits; at one penthouse terrace, designed by Aralia’s Alastair Henderson, in Hammersmith’s Fulham Reach they include incredible views of the River Thames as it snakes west and a breathtaking vista of the south London skyline towards the greenery of Richmond Park.
This eighth floor garden is also just that – a true garden that feels immersive and naturalistic. ‘A lot of roof terraces can look very contemporary but not really be about the plants themselves,’ says Alistair, who took his cue from coastal and Mediterranean plants that can tolerate exposure, as well as the owners who were leaving a much-loved garden at their family home across the river in Barnes. ‘They were keen to have a space that could evolve over time, attract wildlife and that was abundant with colour, scent and atmosphere.’
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
Fashion designer Liz Lange wanted her Palm Beach house to exude fun and luxury. There was only ever one man for the job – Jonathan Adler
Palm Springs goes Pop in this playful Madrid apartment by Spanish interior designer Nuria Alía
À LA FRANÇAISE
COOK AND EAT LIKE THE FRENCH WITH THESE CONTEMPORARY RECIPES FROM REBEKAH PEPPLER
TAKE TO THE FLOOR
THE AMTICO FORM RANGE OFFERS THE ULTIMATE IN PRACTICAL WOOD AND STONE- LOOK FLOORING – AND DOESN’T COMPROMISE ON STYLE
The cocktail of colour and style designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard has created in this Mexican villa is pure magic
TURN UP THE VOLUME
Gerine and Jorge’s Beaux Arts home has been reinvigorated with Jonathan Adler’s tongue-in-cheek chic
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT STEFANO MARINAZ PLANTS CLEVERLY TO ADD PRIVACY TO AN URBAN SCHEME
DESIGNER INDIA HICKS ON THE HIGHLIGHTS OF HARBOUR ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS
Buys and tips for joyfully designed homes
Playing with scale Robert Stilin, designer
Designer Claire Delmar’s mix of the witty and the whimsical in a home that is also considered and functional for family life is a stroke of brilliance
New York City Made the Office
And the office, in turn, made modern New York.
Kingpins and wannabes barrel through the London underworld.
Back on the Road
We all know travel can be a pain, but when it hits below the belt you need to know there’s something you can do about it
OASIS ON ELK LAKE
ARCHITECT KEN RICHMOND DESIGNS A HOME THAT CAPTURES THE CARIBBEAN COLORS OF ELK LAKE WHILE FEELING COMPLETELY ORGANIC TO THE NORTHWOODS.
GET YOUR FRONT ROW SEAT TO VIRTUAL FASHION SHOWS
It’s hard to remember now, but it was during the fall ready-to-wear shows last February that the fashion world first became aware of the coronavirus, even before it had been declared a global pandemic.
AMAZON OPENS FIRST UK CHECKOUT-FREE GROCERY STORE IN LONDON
Amazon has opened a cashier-free supermarket in London, its first bricks and mortar expansion outside the U.S. as the company bets on strong demand for its contactless shops.
ROCKY AT THE TOP
Rocky Barnes’s life is picture-perfect, and she has the followers to prove it
Billion Dollar Views
Why luxury villas with world-class vistas are increasingly in demand
Extremely Online and Wildly Out of Control
Patricia Lockwood’s debut novel explores the mind, and heart, of an internet-addled protagonist.
JACKIE FUCHS FREEZING FRAMES
On Thanksgiving three years ago, Fuchs received an unexpected invitation to Philadelphia that changed her career forever. She visited the Barnes Foundation with her daughter and a friend's family and fell in love with Modigliani's work. At this point in her life, she was not working with clay anymore; She thought to herself, I wonder if I can paint? And there it all began.