This 55ksf extensive green roof serves multiple functions. While the local environment benefits from a reduction of the heat island effect, minimized storm runoff and added protection to the roof membrane, this sedum green roof transforms a series of bare, unattractive spaces into a vibrant, lush amenity for the residents of this new development. The green roof is perhaps the most visible element of the suite of high end amenities and finishes envisioned by the developer, and emblematic of the continuing evolution of this historic neighborhood.
Aesthetic Values (Beauty and Visibility) One of the most visible exterior elements of the brand new Skyview Parc development, the multi-level green roof melds seamlessly with the ground level park and amenity directly to the East. This harmony is one of the key functions of the green roof, achieving a cohesion with the surrounding area and transforming a series of bare rooftops into a broad, cascading waterfall of vibrant green.
The green roof, perhaps the most visible exterior feature of this gleaming new luxury development, is symbolic of the improvements to the neighborhood. The success of this project has already led to further investment in the surrounding area, with new construction and infrastructure plans pointing toward a bright new future for Flushing. The relationship between the glitzy, upscale amenities like the green roof and the records in sales is impossible to miss- the green roof is a benefit not only to the residents and the environment at large, but as an effective sales tool for developers and marketers as well.
The design of this corporate terrace needs to accommodate a multitude of functions. During the day the space serves as a meeting place, fresh air lunch breaks and respite from the stress of the day. In the evening it transforms into a social space for networking events and watching the sun set over the Hudson River. The landscape design aims to meld the clean aesthetics of modern design with the iconic architecture of the Starrett-Lehigh Building. 2 large teak tables are placed perpendicular to the length of the terrace providing spatial division and functional definition. Conversational seating is placed at the outward corner providing a soft lounge area that captures the optimum view. In contrast, 2 chaise lounges are placed in the far back corner protected by tall planters to provide the ultimate privacy for relaxing. 2 distinct areas of pavers are removed for the application of sedum green roofs. Capturing the storm water runoff these permeable areas assist in reducing waste water while also adding additional aesthetic value to the terrace. Ore planters are placed to envelope and segment the terrace into functional zones. Planted with color and texture, as well as herbs and vegetables, the plantings create seasonal interest and draw the attention outward from the interior. As one of ORE’s many customizable features, LED lighting was installed within the containers for added ambiance. The ability to locate the lighting elements within the structure of the planters allowed for the generation of a functional spatial design which complements the sleek aesthetics of the interior architecture.