THE ROOFTOP OASIS
Architects Christoph Zeller and Ingrid Moye added a garden to the very top of their Art Deco townhouse in Mexico City. Here, Ingrid shares its secrets
We liked the idea that this house is in the middle of the city with a hidden oasis at the top. It was important that the outside and the adjoining room felt like one continuous space, so we used white marble pebbles on the garden path to match the marble on the bedroom floor. Within the box-like lines of the garden, we created curved flower beds and pathways to emphasise natural shapes, only using plants native to Mexico which can cope with being exposed to strong sun. We were inspired by Mexico City’s mountainous landscape to create a topography that combines texture, dense planting and shaped hills. Alongside the plants (ferns, grasses, ivy, orchids and jasmine), there are several types of trees, including palm trees and fruit trees to add height and variety. zellermoye.com
INGRID’S TOP TIPS
1 Using the same flooring material indoors and out generates an impression of larger, continuous spaces. 2 Large sliding glass doors or picture windows provide a closer connection with the garden. 3 Create a varied topographic landscape using plants of different heights to make the garden look more interesting.