PFI Completes Terrace Design & Installation for TPG Architecture at Irving Place Capital, 745 Fifth Avenue

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Teresa Carleo’s design/build firm PFI (Plant Fantasies Inc.) translates the vision of the TPG team.

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PFI translated the vision of TPG by using loose, native plantings at Irving Place Capital. Credit: Eric Laignel.

When it came to implementing a new landscaped terrace for Irving Place Capital not only was PFI our preferred installer but they were a true design partner. They listened to our concerns and mitigated any issues in creative ways.

PFI (Plant Fantasies Inc.), a WBE landscape design/build firm founded by president and owner Teresa Carleo over 25 years ago, has completed a terrace design and installation project for TPG Architecture at Irving Place Capital located at 745 Fifth Avenue, a historic Art Deco structure (formerly known as the Squibb building) with a panoramic view of Central Park.

The challenge for PFI at Irving Place Capital was to translate the vision of TPG team led by Ivan Rosa, RA, NCARB, and Mavis Wiggins, IIDA. Inspired by the High Line which integrates plantings with paving along a large-scale, linear, highly textural, exposed space, TPG sought to apply this concept to a 1000 SF partially shaded terrace in a way that maximizes the space and draws tenants to the area and its breathtaking views.

Says Rosa, "When it came to implementing a new landscaped terrace for Irving Place Capital not only was PFI our preferred installer but they were a true design partner. They listened to our concerns and mitigated any issues in creative ways."

The solution, created by PFI’s lead landscape designer Michael Tull and implemented by PFI landscape project manager Mackenzie Sharp, uses pavers with cut-out nooks and plantings that make the greenery appear to grow from the hardscape in a slightly asymmetrical pattern. To evoke the loose, native plantings associated with the High Line also created challenges given the limited palette of suitable shade tolerant plant material. PFI chose fiberglass planters for their weight, longevity, and modern design.

A boxwood hedge runs parallel to and screens the parapet rail, while the walls are softened by trellis panels with climbing hydrangea. The ground plane plantings include hydrangea, ferns, both evergreen and perennial and Japanese forest grass in a delightful play of greens. Additional color is provided through shade tolerant perennials and annuals.

To mirror the dominant interior finishes – white terrazzo floors, architectural metal, reclaimed wood and board form concrete – outdoors, PFI selected white concrete pavers, Ipe decking, and stainless steel wire trellises that encourage green growth upward. The mix of soft, natural-looking plantings with concrete, exotic hardwood flooring, and technical elements creates beauty and interest.

PFI’s work covers a broad scope, primarily in Manhattan, ranging from high-end residential gardens, to corporate office terraces and commercial and residential building common spaces, including green roofs. PFI also performs garden and landscape maintenance, as well interior plantscape divisions.

For information, visit http://www.pfinyc.com.

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