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Green peace

Primrose Hill: north-facing terraces, shady.

Our environmentally aware clients wanted living walls to cover acres of white render, surrounding the terraces of this two-floor apartment. This is really beneficial to air quality, creating a green oasis in central London. Planting designs for the walls feature verdant, shade-tolerant plants, they look stunning.

Bespoke, hoop-lights, nestle into the foliage of the walls, giving a magical glow to the garden. Nodding, adjustable spotlights, up to 4.4m tall, waft overhead creating dappled light through the leaves. All lights are remotely controlled.

A rust-finish planter houses a multi-stemmed birch with white and copper bark that stands out against the background. Slimline planters run along the divide to obscure a rather utilitarian-looking fence. These plants will grow tall and wispy, moving in the breeze. 


Bespoke furniture makes the courtyard multi-functional and adds colour. The airy, ‘leaf’ loungers let light through the skylight to the room below. The sheepskins are snuggly, easy to store and make the seats comfy enough to sleep on. Movable screens offer some privacy from the windows above.

Chunky tree ferns were planted in a huge planter on the lower, double-height terrace, outside the bedrooms. It’s a fantastic statement in this green cavern and gives a lush view from inside.

The finished terraces are now a beautiful and very green garden. Such a contrast to the original, stark, white space.

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