Arsenal Roof Garden

Designed for NYC Parks Department.

The Arsenal serves as the headquarters for NYC’s Parks Department.  It’s also one of Central Park’s historically significant structures.  When a roof reconstruction became necessary, we had a great opportunity to design and install a new roof garden.

Working with the building’s situation and the many employees who use the space, we created a design that allows for events as well as more secluded spaces for employees to retreat.  We also installed low-maintenance green roofs in less-accessible areas.  Thanks to great maintenance and dedicated volunteer work, the roof looks better than ever after six years.

  • Location: New York, NY
  • Status: Completed 2008
  • Budget: $800k
  • South roof from an upper tower.  The surrounding treetops of Central Park made a great backdrop for this roof garden.
  • We added custom trellises and pergolas to bring the greenery vertical.
  • View of the roof garden from an office at the Arsenal.
  • Roof garden with Manhattan skyline.
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  • Plants were selected based on hardiness and year-round seasonal interest, but also to study the plants' success rate in this unique environment.
  • The planter boxes were primarily filled with Gaia Soil,
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View of the roof garden from an office at the Arsenal.