Rooftop Landscape and Deck Design
 

LAKEVIEW ROOFTOP & GARDEN

Chicago, IL

1,700 sf

Outdoor + Landscape

The owners of this residence wanted a rooftop deck and garden. The design concept was to create a calming space with textured landscaping. Program requirements included a kitchen, lounge, sundeck, and space for entertaining.

The long, narrow footprint of the building defined the layout. Dining and kitchen areas are sited near a tree canopy to provide dappled sunlight and protection from prevailing winds. The sundeck is sunken to provide privacy. An elevated lounge has views of the cityscape and is defined by cascading planters that create intimate moments as counterpoints to the open space.

A unique detail is the use of Plexiglas risers on the steps to the lounge. During the day, these risers create the impression of a floating lounge. At night, they are illuminated like a lightbox, a detail that is both artistic and functional.

Landscaping provides a visual connection across the 100ft rooftop. Drought-tolerant plants were selected for beauty, texture, and an ability to survive the microclimate of an urban roof deck.

The owners of this residence wanted a rooftop deck and garden. The design concept was to create a calming space with textured landscaping... read more

 
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