The dramatic 90-square-foot patio features a cooking and seating area. The floor and countertop are clad in Inca Gray Honed slate from Stone Source and the bench and planters are teak. By creating a vertical garden, Lubrano and Ciavarra integrated greenery into the views from every level of the house.
The rear of the house is virtually all glass, essential for ensuring the 15-foot-wide structure doesn't feel claustrophobic. "Our office obsesses over the color and quality of light, both through physiological understanding as well as keeping up with the latest technological trends," Lubrano says. "In this project, color is presented through the natural characteristics of materials. The garden level floor is a smooth but visually textured concrete. The upper floors are white-washed wood, allowing the grain to present itself. The walls were plastered to a perfect finish and the trim was painted in selected hues of white. The tactile nature of surfaces is very important."
A rooftop oasis furthers the outdoor connection. It's planted with red fescue at the client's request for a wild and unmaintained look and an experience akin to "walking through a field."
Our house of the week is this sleek town house in Manhattan's West Village. A 90-square-foot patio and grass-covered roof bring the outdoors to the heart of the city.