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Roof garden at Australian Film & Television schoolPosted on 28 February 2012 - 1:40pm in
We were approached by the Australian Film and Television School (AFTRS) in early 2011 to design an intimate roof garden for their existing huge roof terrace. The brief was to design a space where staff could enjoy lunch, get together for meetings and also enjoy some green vistas from within the office.
Throughout the design a range of our lightweight concrete pots were used, including oversized (1500mm dia) bowls planted with advanced Waterhousia floribunda to give the space some serious scale. A range of other LWC planters were used, many on casters for layout flexibility. We planted contrasting compositions of gorgeous sun loving plants such as Echeveria spp, Aeonium spp, and Convolvulus in the planters, as well as some large specimen plants such as Aloe barberae and Dracaena marginata.
A number of three meter long tables allow for communal dining and low timber clad bench seats provide a range of casual meeting spaces.
We returned last week to check on its progress and it looks great! The space is still young and needs to mature – I can’t wait to see the Boston ivy growing all over the awning. Garden Life also maintains the garden, meaning we get to ensure it develops exactly how we want it to.
The photographer in the shot below is Nicholas Watt. He is so talented, and we are working on a (totally exciting, pinch myself) book project for Penguin. You will have to wait at least another 12 months, so please be patient! By the way, these images are mine, not Nicks!