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

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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.

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