A train trestle echoes our wood and metal pergola.
The outdoor kitchen, mixed plantings, shade pergola and linear metal railings combine for a sleek, industrial look.
Bands of synthetic turf and porcelain pavers add interest to the ground plane. Grasses and perennial plantings can take the windy rooftop.
The John Hancock Building (l) and Willis Tower (r) make this a spectacular nighttime rooftop view.
Mix Chicago’s busy passenger rail system with high-rise living, miles-long views of iconic Chicago skyscrapers, the Chicago River and Kennedy Expressway each a stone’s throw away…and you’ve got our client’s rooftop garden. The trains stream out of downtown Chicago just beneath the roof garden’s outer wall, and a rusted-but-working signal trestle spans all 8 rail lines and provides a beautiful example of industrial chic.
To take advantage of these urban delights we kept the roof garden open and sight lines unobstructed. The garden features a wooden shade pergola with metal louvers, custom built-in lounge seating, ipe wood decking mixed with a banded tile and faux lawn deck
design, bar/grill/sink, landscape lighting, planters filled with trees, shrubs and perennials…what more could you ask of an urban living experience?
And late on a summer’s night, with the train signals blinking, downtown alight, the hum of traffic in the distance and stars above, you can bet this city rooftop is the place to be.