Aralia were appointed by developers St George PLC as landscape architects to design a series of luxury roof terraces for brand new penthouse apartments at Chelsea Creek. Having noticed our innovative approach to contemporary roof terrace design showcased by Aralia at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2012, St George were keen to create elegant roof terraces to match the sophistication of the interiors and believed Aralia would be a good fit for the project. The project was being conducted at the height of the recession, when developers were faced with the prospect of slow sales. Aralia was therefore tasked with creating outside spaces that would be highly desirable and sell quickly.
Taking inspiration from the crisp, contemporary architecture and the location, Aralia created conceptual elements that reflected the proximity to the River Thames, including the canal of water through the site as well as the linear nature of pathways and underlit frosted glass to echo the canals below. Aralia introduced a cutting edge to the design by including materials never used before by St George, including Cor Ten Steel, which also brought additional sustainability to the project.
Delivering design excellence
Responsiveness and agility were key skills to success with this project – Aralia were involved before the envelope for the building was agreed with planning for general arrangements. This meant that we had to be able to redraft plans with great speed when things inevitably changed.
Not content to merely deliver the minimum, Aralia positively influenced decision making to ensure we could include eye-catching and luxurious elements such as outdoor kitchens, contemporary lounging spaces and bespoke artworks.
Throughout the process, Aralia worked alongside the architects, M&E, QS, Interior Designers and supply chain to create concepts and bring the execution of these luxury rooftop terraces to completion. We also worked alongside the St George team to ensure that stringent Health and Safety requirements were met, involving material choices, boundaries and threshold heights.
Our work was recognized by the British Association of Landscape Industries, winning the Overall Principal Landscape Design Excellence Award in 2015.
Testimonial from St George PLC
Michael Bryn-Jones, Managing Director, St George PLC commented: “We are excited by the BALI Design Excellence Award, which is a mark of the high standard of design that Aralia has implemented at Chelsea Creek. Aralia has created terraces which are the epitome of innovation and luxury, as part of our Penthouse Collection. With the penthouses due for completion in the coming months, it is great to see that the designs are creating such a well-deserved buzz for their high standard and creativity.”
Images of the Roof Terraces
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