How Roof Gardens and Terraces are distinguishing London’s buildings
Roof Gardens and terraces are featuring more and more on new developments. We look into how they have grown to become a defining aspect of London’s buildings.
Review recent major developments in London and you will notice they vary hugely in design. But you will also notice a common trait that features predominantly in most of them – roof gardens and terraces.
Here we investigate why roof gardens and terraces have grown to become the defining feature of so many new development proposals.
Roof gardens are visually distinctive
With space at such a premium in London, new buildings require huge financial backing. Wit this in mind, investors are keen that their buildings are striking, unique and distinctive. Elaborate roof terraces and podium decks, as well as meeting green requirements, are a way to bring this exclusivity to a building and distinguish it from others. Whilst a comparatively low-cost part of a development scheme, landscaping has a huge visual impact.
Of course, with this distinctiveness comes desirability. Tenants, both residential and commercial, are attracted to these impressive schemes as a result.
Green terraces help our mental health and wellbeing
There has been a recent awakening to the impact greenspace can have on our mental health and wellbeing. Also, with its limited availability in the capital, incorporating podium and rooftop gardens into a building design is highly likely to attract people to the property and enable premium prices. These areas allow private space for tenants to relax and unwind among natural, green surroundings.
Being in green environments has been proved to reduce stress levels and boost various aspects of thinking. As well as improving attention, memory and creativity.
105 Victoria Street, which features roof gardens and terraces on several levels, is a development that will soon be starting in London. Render credit DBOX.