James Aldridge


Mayfair Roof Terrace

This award winning project is a seventh floor roof terrace, looking east out over the city and to the financial districts beyond.

The brief was to provide a flexible space that could be used for entertaining, meetings and an outdoor space for employees to relax. Overlooked by full height windows it was vital that the terrace look good throughout the year.
Weight loading restrictions meant that a creative solution had to be found to provide screening and shelter to this exposed space. Lines and blocks of white and black fiber glass rods were used, with broad brush strokes, to enclose the space and frame distant views. These ‘sticks’ gently sway with the wind and add much needed movement to this static space. They are illuminated from below to stunning effect at night.

Planting is restricted to pairs of large Yucca rostrata in oversized bowls and a perimeter of upright Panicum grasses.

Photography: © Marianne Majerus

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