Greenwich Terrace is an enveloping, natural habitat perched atop an historic landmark building in Tribeca. Four distinct spaces transition into one another seamlessly as native plants and textures offer true isolation from the concrete grid of the city. In designing the green space for this private residence, the interplay between the stone, foliage, and wood grain were essential. Embedded planters create the sense of an emergent garden which rise naturally out of the floor. The four distinct spaces—the grill and kitchen, the dining area, the native grass pathway, and the sunken garden—flow into one another while defining discrete rooms to entertain or relax. We chose plant species native to New York, such as calmogrostis, amelanchier, myrica, nyssa, and pinus rigida, to envision a truly natural space in the middle of a bustling metropolis. Due to a section of the roof’s significant slope and its limited load-bearing capabilities, we collaborated with a structural engineer and architect—and received permits from the City of New York as well as the Landmark Preservation Commission—to fabricate a custom steel structure which supported the entire terrace, including the embedded planters, deck, and walkways.
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