Living in the city all too often means sacrificing nature's hand in our habitat, a decision which, for the less green-fingered among us, can be a gladly made and conscious one. However, two Yale professors are working to change this attitude, to help us embrace more greenery in our immediate scenery and prove that city-dwelling lovers of smart design can have the best of both worlds. Architect Joel Sanders and ladscape designer Diana Balmori are teachers of a course called Interface; a study of the harmonising of these two disciplines. With the green light from Lower Manhattan penthouse owner, Matthew Blesso, Sanders and Balmori took the $4 million, 3,100-square-foot apartment as their canvass, creating $1 million-worth of indoor and outdoor renovations.
The most immediately striking of their work is, of course, the series of roof gardens which, complete with outdoor shower, is invitingly functional. But the goal here was not just to create a more natural edge to outdoor space, but to bring nature to flow within aswell as without of the property. The light and space within the apartment is heavily complimented by the foliage which winds unobtrusively amongst the gorgeously natural wood finishes, all of which work to promote a natural air of wellbeing within the urban sphere. A concealed drip irrigation system and sepecifically-chosen flora help the nature-craving urbanite for whom tending to more earthy necessities does not, in fact, come naturally. So, when it comes to habitation at least, nature and nurture needn't be a debate, but a happy co-dependency.
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