Light Garden Duplex Apartment

How to create garden without roof terrace or balcony? This garden designs maybe the answer. The answer came in the form of a central, enclosed garden of three levels that sits within the building, surrounded by the living spaces. Designed as an atrium, with a giant opening skylight, the 7 m by 2.5 m space is planted on the lowest “living” level; it includes a swing above; before breaking out onto a roof terrace. The space brings the outside in; a garden ascending through the house.

In the summer the skylight above the garden can be retracted to allow fresh air to flood into the property. A white steel stairway built within the atrium climbs from the main living areas to the bedrooms and then further up to the roof. Above the second storey the roof rises by approximately another meter. The skylight is installed at this level. Below this we have installed a metal grid mezzanine, so, when the skylight is fully open, this access deck becomes an outdoor terrace. Open to the sky and bordered on all sides by the roof, it is a totally private space with fantastic views over London: high up and invisible from the road, most of the traffic noise is completely lost. This is a tranquil outdoor space in the heart of the city.

This project is for the conversion of two single storey flats into one duplex apartment. Photos by Edmund Sumner. Designed by Gianni Botsford Architect. Contractor: Nick Ryan Builders. Structural Engineer: Arup. Inspired to built garden like this revolution design ideas?

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