Small and beautifully formed

Sitting four floors above the streets of Medieval Shrewsbury this tiny roof terrace was the only outside space available to the owners of a modern penthouse apartment. A bleak empty oblong, just 9m x 2.5m the first time I saw it, but with high expectations from the clients, as a place they could relax and entertain.

Two separate areas were created. A seating area built into some custom made planters; a lovely spot to enjoy morning coffee surrounded by lavender and shielded from view by tall ornamental grasses. A cedar pergola provided some height, and some shading from the sun, adding to the sense of enclosure in what was a very exposed setting.

A highly versatile lifestyle space

A second space, which included a table and chairs, created a comfortable outdoor dining area for four people. Potted olive trees added height to this part of the garden, with the addition of cedar cladding, echoing that on the pergola. Simple lighting attached to the outside wall of the apartment meant that this was a space that could be enjoyed night time too.