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Cultivating An Inner City Oasis

Cultivating An Inner City Oasis

By Kim - Studio Atelier on 01 Oct, 2014 in Fremantle, Gardens, Design, West Leederville Residence, Residential Building Design

After a busy week, there is nothing I find more relaxing than spending my down-time in the garden surrounded by calming greenery. I am the first to admit that I am a little garden obsessed having driven around (on multiple occasions) with a car full to the brim with frangipani cuttings and unnatural tendencies to stop by green side verge collections to rescue giant agave plants!

Whether it be at home, in the studio or in a proposal for a new client – I am always drawn to nature and how greenery can bring vibrancy and life into a space.

With inner city living becoming denser and smaller blocks sizes on the rise – traditional suburban backyards are giving way to courtyards, alfrescos and balconies. Gardens are becoming smaller with the push to design to the full extent of a site a common thing and roof tops are no longer dead zones just for mechanical gear and aerials.

With only 154 square metres of land and a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom open planned renovation planned for the site, our latest project was an exciting opportunity to explore how an inner city oasis could be created in suburbia whilst not compromising on the spacious foot print of the home.

A house of two halves, with a 100 year old cottage at the front and a contrasting modern extension currently under construction we did not want to sacrifice open plan living and spacious room sizes in order to have generous outdoor entertaining areas. With new living spaces and two new bedrooms taking precedence the only option left was to go up (and up we went)!

Only a few weeks ago we received the call from the builder letting us know that the roof top slab had been poured and we rushed down to site immediately. Climbing up the scaffold it was amazing to be able to realise the full potential of this roof top garden which we had only previously envisioned on paper. Perched high amongst the neighbouring roof lines the new deck captures the vista of the park backing on to the site which seemed to be flourishing with all the winter rain.

With access to the roof top garden via a spiral staircase from the courtyard below the new deck will add another thirty square metres of outdoor entertaining that would have otherwise most likely been a colourbond roof over the new bedrooms.

Plans for decorative laser cut screens and lush planting to envelope the space will also help create a sense of privacy and create the perfect setting for evening drinks and roof top barbeques (maybe even a cricket pitch?).

We are super excited to see and be a part of the push towards a greener way of living with people embracing concepts such as roof top and vertical gardens which had predominantly only been seen in Europe. Stay tuned for updates as our roof top garden develops.


View from the freshly poured concrete slab at the Tower Residence.


Check out the two inspiring projects below to see some great examples lush inner city roof top gardens


Manhattan Roof Top Garden by Pulltab Design



West Village Townhouse by Architect Andrew Franz

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