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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Designer Spotlight: Daria Snyder

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

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