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Greenroofs.com Featured Project March 23, 2022
Set amongst mature evergreens and hardwoods, the Clarke Terrace in an upscale neighborhood of Montreal is elegantly executed and a wonderful example of living architecture.
The designers’ attention to detail is obvious from its selection of site furnishings, material palette, strategic yet elegant lighting, and graceful selection of greenroof appropriate plants.
The sense of serenity and relaxation permeates the intimate rooftop where the owners enjoy the beautiful vistas immersed in their own slice of nature’s paradise. Great job, MYTO design d’espaces vivants, for truly designing a lovely living space!
Excerpt from the Greenroofs.com Project Profile:
Situated in Westmount, a suburb on the Island of Montreal in southwestern Quebec, a beautiful green roof with custom planters tops a home designed by MYTO design d’espaces vivants. Designer Martine Brisson and landscape architect Roxanne Miller created Clarke Terrace, a sprawling 1965 square foot space dedicated for relaxation.
The green rooftop boasts a spectacular view and seamless integration with the surrounding landscape; the design won an award at the Grands Prix du Design 2020 in the Residential Patio and Landscaping category.
After renovating the house in 2016, the owner of the luxury property wanted to make the most of the flat roof by turning it into a deck. The mandate was to create a space focused on wellness, suitable for entertaining and to showcase a breathtaking view of the city and surrounding areas.
The two-woman design team created a contemporary, visually striking, and streamlined outdoor space bordered with colorful, somewhat unruly vegetation. The decking is made of ipe wood, a species known for its toughness, high density, and beautiful color. To ensure safe enjoyment of the view and vegetation, a transparent glass parapet encloses the entire perimeter.
One of the project’s challenges was to create elegant furnishings that would conceal ventilation equipment on the roof and a set of wood-clad planters was designed. In the planters and on the green terrace, perennials and indigenous species minimize maintenance and replanting. The planters are 10a-insulated for overwintering. A harmonious color palette of pink, blue, and violet were chosen so plants with different flowering times -both brief and long – would provide elegant flowers throughout the warm season.
Most of the green roof is a Soprema SOPRANATURE extensive green roof system. The planters, BÀF, are built as a SOPRANATURE intensive green roof system. A permanent irrigation system is present on the roof and used when needed.
Brisson and Miller also wanted subtle lighting for the plants, choosing minimalist fixtures. In the evening, the space has a warm, intimate, and thoroughly relaxing ambiance.
After more than a year of work, the result is a rooftop terrace that blends with the surrounding canopy. Shaded by large trees at almost every time of day, Clarke Terrace is surrounded by colorful wildflowers that frame a gorgeous view of downtown Montreal.
Location: Montreal, Canada
Building Program: Single-Family Residence
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1,965 sq.ft.
Slope: 1% + 45% sloped turf accent
GREEN ROOF DESIGN:
MYTO DESIGN D’ESPACES VIVANTS
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