Situated on the 39th floor of a 1980s mixed-use tower cantilevered over Gordon Bunschaft’s PepsiCo building, The Terrace is a topography defined by existing and new infrastructures, including window washing winches and insulating and waterproofing layers. Its constructed ground articulates “garden” as a contained nature that is free from traditional oppositions between building and landscape, city and nature. To address the site’s lack of both middle ground and middle scale, the spatial focus oscillates between background and foreground, prospect and place.

The garden is made up of three elements: a fountain crossed by slate stepping stones marks the threshold with the apartment interior; a plant wall made of ground bronze and scored slate panels creates a new horizon at the eastern edge; and a floating ground-plane of grass, stone, and stainless steel physically anchors the planting wall , while providing a surface for dining and relaxing.

The Architectural League, Young Architects Competition, 1994
SF MOMA, Designed Landscape Forum, 1996
House and Garden, “Defining Moments,” 1998
Pages Paysages, “Contained Nature,” 1997
Sotheby’s Domain, “Roof Garden as Urban Retreat,” 1998
Daidolos, “In the Flatland,” 1997
Dictionary of Today’s Landscape Designers, 2003



About MPA

MPA’s multidisciplinary design practice, rooted in the strengths and sensibilities of its partners, spans architecture, landscape, and urban design, enabling us to mine the rich and often unseen potentials of a project and site.


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