Project | Brooklyn Rooftop

As Brooklyn continues to reach upward, its newest denizens demand an aesthetic which marries the past with the present. For the latest buildings, rooftop spaces are not an after-thought but are carefully engineered and planned early in the design phase, often long before there is a semblance of a space to survey.
The primary challenge with common spaces for residential buildings is to provide some level of individual privacy while developing an overall spatial design which will also foster social interaction between users. In order to achieve this balance, smaller conversational spaces which are defined through the rigid face of the wood-clad planters and accented by hearty plantings and provide a diverse mix of seating types from long benches attached to the face of the planters to moveable chairs and tables allowing for maximum flexibility. The smaller conversational spaces take advantage of the views from the outside edges of the roof while the larger common spaces are defined by plant-softened wood fences.
The materials of the space borrow from the buildings context, reclaiming many of the materials which permeated Brooklyn’s industrial heritage. Concrete, steel, aluminum and various fabrics are some of the elements which help to unite the past with the present. Transferring the feel of the sidewalk planting bed to the rooftop is achieved through the raw steel-edged green-roof garden areas which help define the spaces.

Riverside Drive

Often times, the smallest of spaces prove to be the largest design challenge. Clients desire functional spaces which exude the lush, organic beauty they glimpse at spaces which tend to garner more of the press attention, which usually suggests they are greater in scale. In order for form and function to be joined in spiritual union, we can look to the context of the space in order to garner inspiration.
Introducing curved containers into the garden not only minimizes the angular impact of the space and its surrounding vertical neighbors, but borrows from the ebb and flow of the river passing by to the west. The containers vary in height so as to provide an accented and unimpeded view from the inside to the outside. The lush plantings reflect some of the leafy residents of nearby Riverside Park as well as reinforcing the movement of the Hudson as the grasses sway in the breezes high above the street.

See what Blondie’s clients are saying…

“We just wanted to say what a great job you did with the gardens, tree pits, and especially the window boxes. The window boxes are spectacular with the birch, and the lights add so much at night. We have gotten many compliments on them!

Just wanted to say, “Great job!”

– NYC Cooperative Residential Building

 

Interior Statement

Oversized resin planters create a dramatic and bold statement. Crafted from a resilient resin, these lightweight containers are a designer’s favorite to incorporate into interior spaces by adding dramatic height with a contemporary edge. By using the reflection of light to accentuate the surface design of the planters, a sophisticated monotone texture is achieved. Used singularly they command attention, and when grouped together one can play with combining multiple textures for a monochromatic look. They have an optional false bottom, perfect for holding potted plants. For indoor use only, they are available in sizes ranging from 34” – 77” high.

Designer Spotlight: Daria Snyder

Recently, Daria Snyder, Blondie’s National Design Consultant has been featured by Autograph Foliages.

Check out the article below or link to it here.

Daria Snyder has been an interior plantscape designer for nearly 30 years.  She develops & manages large national projects for Blondie’s Treehouse, Inc. based in New York. Working with Blondie’s, the sixth largest interiorscape company in the United States, she handles everything from holiday design to interior plantscapes, hotels to shopping venues. Based in Denver CO she is centrally located to service all national accounts.

Daria uses Autograph Foliages in a big way. Recently she was in charge of a project for a major hotel chain with many sites.  Daria says that our succulents provided the perfect elements for her design.  “They are so real both to the eye and to the touch”, she said.  Included was a 12′ by 6′ green wall of succulents, along with other elements like a custom Polyblend® podocarpus. “I love the non-fade part of the Polyblend®,” said Daria, “from shape to size and coloration, the plants were perfect.”

“For another project we created long trough planters in a number of food courts and filled them with succulents top-dressed with Autograph’s green moss. The end result for all of these projects has exceeded our demands and the client was thrilled”, said Daria.  “Autograph is my go-to resource for replica plants as well as holiday material.  I can always count on their customer service, the variety, and the ‘realness’ of their products.  I have so many choices and they custom fabricate whatever else I need.”

“One thing I love is that no matter what the exterior plant material palette is in any part of the country, they have the material available.  So, if I am working in the California area, the Southwest, or Northeast, they have the right artificial/replica plants for the geography.  To do what I do, I usually need huge variety and large quantities.  Autograph fills all my needs. Blondie’s does a lot of huge projects and when we need replica or holiday, Autograph fills all our needs whether it is a few plants or thousands.  It is great to have such an outstanding vendor to always be able to count upon.  Thanks Autograph.”

Daria Snyder
National Design Consultant  |  Blondie’s Treehouse Inc.