Modern Urban Garden with Cement Wall, Waterfall and Climbing Vines
The waterfall is a focal point in this modern, urban garden. The designer wanted to show the passage of seasons and wanted the existing concrete wall, which seems like a massive bunker, to be part of nature. There are multiple vines, including English ivy and Chinese and American wisteria, on either side of the waterfall.
The garden is 22 feet below street level and looked like a massive bunker because of cement walls. The designers did not cover or paint the cement walls and added polished concrete planters to refine the outdoor space. Semi-evergreen bamboo and English Ivy cover some of the space.
In the uphill residential area of Paradiso, Switzerland, this luxury duplex-penthouse offers a private rooftop terrace with amazing views of the hillside. The glass railing provides an unobstructed view of the city, while the large, potted plants make the space feel like an open air museum.
This rooftop garden deck, created from composite wood, provides stunning city views from a lush private oasis. With plenty of green and touches of bright purple flowers, this beautiful urban garden features a custom-built pergola, perfect for relaxing summer nights.
Challenges included the below-ground garden, cement walls, unmovable A/C pipes and a massive concrete pad that hides the dry well. The cement walls have a interesting way of reflecting light and fit with the modern structure.
This chic outdoor space uses low-maintenance plants to create a small garden area. Bright yellow outdoor pillows and metal chairs add bold color to the space for a casual sitting area, and a wood wall adds privacy to this New York city hideaway.
Planters of varying heights and shapes are filled with structured cycads and vibrant succulents, bringing life to this outdoor lounge. Woven chairs with modern lines combine with a sleek, contemporary table to create a conversation area that takes advantage of its panoramic setting.
Modern Garden with Cement Planter, Bluestone and Seating
A circular seating area reflects the garden's lower level design. The designer embraced the cement walls and added polished concrete planters. The bluestone paved area and the long cement planter are in permanent shade, so the planting consists of plants that can grow in the shade environment. The area by the grass is super sunny and required plants that thrive in those conditions.
Stepped wooden planters and a mix of grasses, boxwoods and evergreens make this urban deck feel lush and layered. The contemporary architecture and two-toned decking add visual interest, while the landscaping adds height and privacy to the outdoor space.
Pergola in Rooftop Garden Provides Relaxing Urban Oasis
This rooftop garden features low-maintenance composite decking, a custom-built pergola with string lighting, outdoor kitchen, and gorgeous multi-level plantings. The style is English garden meets city wilds, contrasted against contemporary lines of the furniture.
This Upper East Side New York City terrace is the ultimate outdoor living. A contemporary wood-and-glass pergola covers the long dining table, which enjoys prime seating for the flatscreen TV. An open outdoor seating area is surrounded by a lush garden and has stunning views of Manhattan.
Beds of flowering plants are interrupted by a steel planter, creating dynamic textures and patterns that earn this design at Yard, a project by 2.ink Studio an ASLA 2018 Honor Award in the residential design category. This functional feature manages stormwater runoff for this rooftop garden in Portland, Oregon.
A modern waterfall adds to the city sights on a rooftop garden in New York's Tribeca neighborhood. The project, by Aaron Andrew McIntire and the Gunn Landscape Architecture team, won a gold award in the 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designers' International Landscape Design Awards.
Modern Urban Garden with Concrete Planters and Wall
Polished concrete planters add refinement to the urban garden, which already had a massive concrete wall. The designer used Chinese and American wisteria, English ivy and climbing hydrangeas in the outdoor space.