Tropical Rooftop Garden, Granada, Spain
Tropical rooftop garden inspired by the surrounding areas and trips to the Far East
Granada is a city in southern Spain’s Andalusia region, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It is known for grand examples of medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation, especially the Alhambra. This sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompasses royal palaces, serene patios, and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty, as well as the fountains and orchards of the Generalife gardens. The private clients, who have travelled extensively, while residing in Granada wanted to reflect both the history of the place as well as their love for the Far East. The waterfall and reflective pools echo the Moorish palace of Alhambra but with a tropical twist, while the planting is lush with hints of white and scent to make this a space for personal meditation and wellbeing. Being a rooftop garden weight is a fundamental aspect, so the majority of the planting and the pool itself are fixed to the stone walls with reinforcement, so that the entire space, except for the stepping stones and low-growing plants, are suspended. A simple wooden walkway overlooks the area, linking two parts of the house together.