Fifth Avenue

Situated in an iconic mid-century building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, this intimate terrace perches proudly over Central Park. With the desire to retain the intrinsic connection between the park and the terrace, the design approach became an exploration in restraint. A low Buxus hedge merges into the park’s cloud-like canopy and frames the iconic skyline beyond.
Terrace seating area overlooking Central Park with two rows of black chairs placed around a small black table
White hydrangea tree beneath a patinaed wall light
Seasonal flowering interest is achieved through an engaging mix of Hydrangea, Nepeta and Rhododendron. On the ground, a custom-designed herringbone deck echoes the interior flooring, while on the wall a stained black cedar screen wraps an existing niche and allows climbing vines to dress an otherwise ordinary corner. The soft glow of vintage light fixtures brings the garden alive for an evening and connects again to the glistening city skyline.

Project Credits

Tchelistcheff Architects Architect
Carol Egan Interior Designer
Nicholas Calcott Photographer

This terrace was featured in the March 2017 issue of Belle Magazine