Aralia were commissioned to design a contemporary roof terrace garden for luxury bar & restaurant, NOVI Cambridge, to go alongside the renovation of their establishment. The Aralia landscape design team worked together with the bar owners to create a roof terrace garden that would match the high quality of both the new interior and the brand. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a concept or design flourish into the real thing. That’s why we can’t wait to share these images with you, taken at the lavish launch party, thrown by NOVI, for the opening of the contemporary roof terrace that Aralia designed. We were absolutely delighted to see people enjoying the contemporary roof terrace exactly how we had imagined and hoped for – relaxing with friends, having a cocktail and enjoying their summer! Guests were treated to delicious nibbles handed out by NOVI, a live performance by band Datum Plane and (though we can’t take credit for this one) a spot of sunshine! ☀️ 

 Aralia made sure to filter the brands botanic vibe into our designs, including elements such as the exotic planting palette, lush evergreens and a green wall. This living green wall not only serves as an amazing backdrop (for that perfect Instagram shot 🙊) but also accommodates seasonal herbs for cocktail making! To take this to the next level, Aralia also added an outside botanical bar top to our roof terrace design, so you don’t have to travel far for your drinks! 🥂🍸🍹 We also wanted to capture the eclectic feel of the bars interior in our designs. To accomplish this we included lots of wooden panelling and rustic brick walls, juxtaposing these rough, raw elements with the smart and luxurious marble look tables. Overall, Aralia wanted clients at NOVI to feel like they had an exotic sancturary within this small urban roof terrace, so we also included a bespoke pergola structure with shade awning and bespoke garden furniture which would add to the botanical, beach vibes!

🌴 Take a look through at some of our favourite social media shots of the night below and don’t hesitate to let us know what you think of the roof terrace 🌴


August 2018 is on. ✨. @murphy708

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Of course we find this place two weeks before we leave…

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@novicambridge with @alixdiamond 🌿🌱🍃

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Perfect After Conference Evening 🍹❤️

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the holy trinity🇬🇧#chicken #cantsitstill

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Rooftop views ☀️🥂😎

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Bunting and fairy lights 👌🏼✨ @novicambridge

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Happy birthday to our fave spot in town for a 🍸🥂🍹 #NoviIs2

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roof top coffee? ☕️🍃

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📸 Images in media gallery supplied and taken by 📸

  • Charlotte Steggz ( of )
  • Anne Beamish ( of the Independent Cambridge, )


If you want to see more why not visit NOVI yourself, or check out our page on the project to learn more about the botanical roof top garden!