Imagine the dreamiest urban rooftop garden you could possibly come up with, and it still might not even be as satisfying as this East Village wonder by pulltab design. Weathered wood and concrete, rusted metal and rustling wild grass – nothing about this winding rooftop deck viewed from within suggests it could not be the back porch of a European country home. Nothing, that is, until you catch glimpses of the marvelous Manhattan skyline in the background.
Likewise, nothing about its immediate surroundings suggests it to be anything but an overgrown roof-gone-wild, possibly the top of some aged warehouse building in an abandoned industrial town.
Trellises, ponds, paths and fountains make this remarkable deck space as hard to pin down in time as it is in style – modern in its simplicity but timeless in terms of the materials used – a comfortably rusticated and well-planted retreat right in the heart of the city.
Teak, bronze, zinc and rust-ready steel were added by to make this new addition to an antique walk-up apartment building blend as naturally as possible into its aged surroundings. The absolute best part? Probably this incredible outdoor shower.
Though there are strict city codes limiting the possibilities for rooftop additions in downtown New York City, this indoor-yet-outdoor solution made the project possible. However, it clearly also created an opportunity to make a unique secluded series of outdoor spaces in otherwise industrial surroundings.
About pulltab design
“Pulltab specializes in residential design including apartment renovations, townhomes, penthouse additions, roof gardens and furniture design. The studio creates warm environments using natural materials. While strident modernists, architects Melissa Baker and Jon Handley respect historical precedent and continually strive to look outside set perspectives. Pulltab’s finished designs fulfill the functional needs of a space and imbue sensory and emotive qualities. “
“Pulltab creates open light-filled spaces with modern and inventive detailing, including project specific, custom-engineered and fabricated pieces. Our work is noted for its ingenuous and practical solutions, such as concealed storage systems, fold-down tables, built-in and freestanding furniture, display cabinets and custom hardware.”