Seven storeys up, in an apartment block in the heart of Hobart's CBD, DeepEarth transformed an exposed concrete rooftop into a communal green oasis.
Designer: Susan Small Landscape Architects
Tags: plants, Hardscaping, Softscaping, Decking, Garden beds
This project offered numerous enjoyable challenges! Stone for paving, garden beds, potting mix - all needed to be craned up (or brought up in the lift). Another stunning Susan Small design, this project was all about creating the possibility for diverse, lush and vibrant plant life to thrive in less than ideal conditions. Wind is amplified at altitude - so plant selection naturally drew on robust, hardy species, without compromising on colour, texture and scent.
Stone from the foundations of the previous building on the site was repurposed for seating and ornamental texture, celery top logs and rounds were also shaped for seating and to soften the hard, built concrete elements. The simple water feature adds a subtle musicality, creating a genuinely relaxing ambience, while wind sprays a mist over the fernery beside it. Garlic, thyme, rosemary, sage and parsley can be sampled for use with the bbq - or in the tenants' kitchens, while alpine strawberries and Chilean guava can be grazed straight from the bush!