A Garden for Two

A Garden for Two

Prechistenskaya naberezhnaya, Moscow
Plot size
45 m²
  • This terrace is on the upper floor of a luxury apartment block on Prechistenskaya Embankment in Moscow. It covers 45 square metres and is accessible only through the private section of the flat, comprising the bedroom, bathroom and walk-in wardrobe. No one, except maybe the closest of friends, would be invited here. The new design was a surprise from the client to her husband as she wanted a private garden just for the two of them.

    In a Nutshell

    Our brief was to design a cosy but well-thought out space where they can drink their coffee in the morning, sunbathe in the afternoon, and enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner à deux in the evening. In light of the limited space, the biggest challenge was fitting all essential components into a compact but practical style.

    The Terrace

    We retained the existing granite paving at the start of the terrace and covered the remainder in wooden flooring.

    The entrance area contains a bioethanol firepit with a concrete mantlepiece beneath a decorative wall feature. Some of the cladding on the building was removed to make room for the handcrafted textured decorative panel.

    To the left is a pergola with a retractable clear roof over soft furnishings and a small table. A sideboard cabinet purchased by our client found a suitable home to the side of the pergola.

    Potted plants – decorative apple, spirea japonica, winged euonymus and dwarf mountain pine – line the edge, preventing the terrace from being overlooked by neighbouring apartments. In the shadiest part of the terrace between the wall and the pergola, we planted a pre-grown hedge made from blocks of garland spirea.

    Our client didn’t want any flowering plants so the metal planters hold annuals such as boxwood topiary, cordyline, ivy and grasses, as well as seasonal plants with decorative foliage.

    Soft furnishings: B&B (Italy). Table and sun loungers: Kettal (Spain).