Manayunk Residence | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The design of this urban oasis maximized the property’s small portion of green space and unused rooftop to create a relaxing and private retreat from the pressures of city life. The rooftop was paved with brick, defining a space for al fresco dining, complemented by an abundance of flowers, grasses, and a Kwanzan Cherry tree. Wrapped around the dining area, a simple wire pergola inspired by rustic Italian vineyards supported hearty Concord grape vines with their thick foliage screening out the street below. A simple fountain with utilitarian edges contrasting the lush greenery with its water falling into a basin several feet below provided soothing acoustics, contributing to the calm ambiance of the space.