In collaboration with Fogarty Finger Architects, Terrain designed the patio and several tiers of landscaped roof and terraces for the renovation of a historic brownstone located in Manhattan's Upper Eastside.

Terrain worked closely with the architects to establish connections between the landscape and living space at each level of the house.  Each bedroom enjoys its own terrace while the roof is planted with a hearty mix of native perennials and shrubs.  At the ground floor level a simple courtyard creates a dramatic extension of the adjacent kitchen and main living space.  The design leaves plenty of open space and contains a continuous seating element for both ample seating when entertaining and storage. The patio is nestled beneath an existing black cherry tree, which was pruned and freed of paving, that provides dappled shade and habitat to birds which are fond of the berries.  The material unity of the screens and furniture with minimal planting intervention give the space a strong identity, and the feature wall of cedar shingles provides a compelling visual anchor to the property when viewed through the full glass kitchen wall.


Location: Carnegie Hill, Manhattan, NY _Size: 1,500 Square Feet _Client: Private Resident _Collaborators: Fogarty Finger Architecture & Interior Design _Status: Complete _Year: 2012 _Team: Steven Tupu, Kurt Martig, Sylvia Wilson