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TRIBECA LOFT ROOFTOP

DESIGN AWARD
CATEGORY: INTENSIVE RESIDENTIAL
PROJECT: TRIBECA LOFT
LOCATION: NEW YORK, NY

TEAM MEMBERS
Installation and Maintenance Contractor: Amy Falder, New York Green Roofs LLC
Landscape Architect: Aaron Booher, HM White Site Architecture
Architect: Steve Blatz, Steve E. Blatz Architect + Antonio Pio Saracino

ARCHITECTURE MEETS NATURE
AMIDST MANHATTAN'S SKYLINE

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loating amidst lower Manhattan's skyline, architecture meets
nature to transform a penthouse residence into the ultimate
garden apartment. This project retrofits a nineteenth century
loft building's rooftops into a series of dynamic and diverse
gardens.
Cutting edge design incorporates a vast array of roof garden
approaches to build up an undulating green roof meadow that
softens topographical decking, geometrical forms that add interest
to a turf lawn, and vertical vegetation that integrates seamlessly
with water features and modulated flooring. Integrating maximum
outdoor living areas off of the living room, kitchen, master
bedroom and bath, and inner courtyard took extreme attention
to transitional details as all areas incorporate green roofs and
vertical plantings with sculptural and hardscaping elements. The
juxtaposition of each element helps create distinct zones of refuge
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while maintaining a cohesive outdoor amenity.
The roof's drainage system incorporates the sloping topography with EPS lightweight insulation and custom planters installed
with intensive green roof build-up. The irrigation design uses a
customized low flow automated drip irrigation system with moisture sensors which incorporate multiple zones across many microclimates over two different levels. Advanced water conservation
practices and technologies keep the water below the surface of the
vegetated roofs and container plantings so that evaporation, wind
overspray and mist or surface run-off is mitigated.
The green roof achieves a harmonizing effect by taming and
balancing architecture with ecology in an urban environment.
The tranquility of the gardens blend fluidly with the interior
to achieve an elegant outdoor living space that transcends the
boundaries of traditional residential gardens.
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