New York, New York
For this new roof garden in Manhattan, we took the DNA of traditional Japanese gardens and reconfigured it. The result is a layered terrain of elegant shapes and materials. The perimeter is a continuous wood-lined planter with native, drought-resistant plants that can withstand the harsh sun and wind conditions of a New York City roof garden. Between the wood walking surface of the deck and the perimeter planter is a moat filled with black river rock. The experience of being on the deck is one of respite, like being on an island, or a raft: floating in the city.