Rising to the Challenge
In Toronto, a dull balcony becomes a setting for enjoying waterfront
By Ted Radlak
Those of us who live in northern climes rarely venture out onto our balconies,
let alone consider them as extensions of our indoor living space. By contrast, since enlisting Janet Rosenberg, ASLA, of Janet Rosenberg
Landscape Architects and Associates, to domesticate their inhospitable stretches of cantilevered concrete, some Toronto snowbirds hardly
go inside once they fly back to their northern apartment from a Florida winter sojourn.
Photo by Nelson French
Impressed by Rosenberg's beautifully crafted garden extravaganzas at Canada Blooms as well as friends' recommendations, Gail and Stephen
Pepper approached Rosenberg in 2001. The couple's vision was of "maintenance-free outdoor rooms" for lounging and entertaining that
would complement the look and function of their contemporary interior and eclectic art collection.
In response, Rosenbergwith landscape architect Glenn Herman and intern landscape architect Wen-Shu Linconceived for these clients
a dramatically "avant-garde ensemble of sculptured components" that would "engage the elements of wind, sunlight, and water," says Rosenberg.
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