This rooftop terrace is on the fourth floor of a monumental building in Rotterdam. We had to build a metal construction to support its weight. Among the other challenges we faced were building permits, complex architectural plans and close cooperation between all contracting parties. As soon as the owners saw the detailed 3D plan, they fell in love with it.
Rooftop retreat | The focal point of this terrace is without doubt the glass extension with a partially louvered ceiling with automatic control. The back wall features a macro photograph of a white-flowering dandelion. The extension is a private, relaxing retreat that even bad weather won’t ruin.
Clever color scheme | The hardwood flooring adds warmth and elegance, contrasting beautifully with the lime green wall panels with led lights. The white containers feature pruned coniferous evergreens. Among the other plants are evergreen ornamental grasses, bamboo and Japanese maple trees – all uplighted for appeal when darkness falls. An automated watering system guarantees healthier plants and more free time.
All about fabrics and lighting | The comfortable outdoor lounge set has a steel frame and waterproof cushions – fine and functional. The lighted table constructed with translucent Corian® gives a subtle, almost space-age glow. The main eye catchers on this roof are definitely the frameless glass balustrades. They form a clear and visually unobtrusive barrier. And they are bird-friendly, preventing collisions thanks to a patented technology.
Bird-friendly architecture |As birds cannot see glass, they fly to the landscape on the other side of the glass and hit it. A German company developed an ultraviolet-reflecting coating that makes the glass visible to birds. They use the same techniques that spiders use to keep birds from flying through their webs, while the human eye does not see anything. The invention – quite deserved – received the Red Dot award for outstanding design.
This magnificent rooftop terrace is contemporary and luxurious, has wonderful views of the Rotterdam skyline, and offers top-notch comfort – everybody happy, including the birds.