Welcome to our gallery featuring a selection of incredible rooftop patio designs.
As the urban landscape expands, we often find ourselves with small or non-existent backyards, which means a patio is out of the question.
Or is it? Designing our homes with a rooftop patio is the perfect way to create an outdoor relaxation area even if you don’t have a luxurious backyard.
If you prefer more of a garden feel, you can create it with container gardening, but if you’d rather just enjoy the sun, sky, and view from the top of your home, you only have to add the furniture and yourself.
Add a pergola or parasol for shade, add sod or keep it concrete or tile, enclose it in glass, or just surround it in glass balustrades, the choice is all yours.
Regardless of whether or not you live in a city or just want to take advantage of a fantastic view from a high vantage point, a rooftop patio can be your ticket to a quiet, soothing relaxation area.
Keep an eye out for the many variations and designs represented within this gallery, from soothing Zen inspired patios to much more contemporary or modern glass-wrapped examples.
Some of these patios are at the top of luxury penthouses, hotels, or built into seaside vacation homes, perfect for viewing the water.
We hope you’ll be inspired by these very different, but no less fantastic examples of patios. Note the way that grass is used in many of these patios to help keep them cool, as many rooftop patios are constantly under the sun.
Why not turn your roof into another room?
This incredible rooftop patio is enclosed by tall glass balustrades and completely covered by a tall roof. Intimate seating areas are each equipped with a sofa, several ottomans, a coffee table, umbrella, and divided by tall planters with grasses.
A small, private rooftop patio overlooking a beautiful, expansive view of a bay complete with an island at the center. The patio is furnished with a small table, umbrella, and rocking chairs.
A beautiful modern urban rooftop patio with faux grass. The small patio is completely surrounded by waist-height glass balustrades and furnished with a white modern sofa and armchair. Frosted glass panels are visible beyond the balustrade to the right.
A larger rooftop patio will tall glass balustrades and stone steps. The patio is sectioned out into a wooden deck, a patch of sod, and pavers surrounded by stones, a design inspired by Japanese Zen gardens.
A lovely, large rooftop patio with sunny fabric colored chairs, a large table complete with a parasol, and a grass rim all around the stone patio.
A small deck with a built-in bench and a lounge chair arranged on the white concrete patio. The patio is surrounded by a tall white fence.
An incredible modern rooftop patio with an utterly natural ground cover that includes mature trees. This rooftop patio was designed to resemble a natural backyard as much as possible.
A breezy Zen-style rooftop patio with a built-in dining table, lighted steps, a glass balustrade, and a hammock complete with supports.
A contemporary rooftop terrace with a simple dining table and a fantastic view of the beautiful blue sea.
A rooftop patio at sunset illuminated by towers and lanterns. Aside from a pergola bench seating area are small bean bag chairs for lounging.
A rooftop patio enclosed by the home with a small catwalk and hallway connecting to the top floor of the building.
A rooftop patio with a natural hardwood deck, contemporary furniture, and a small outdoor kitchen tucked into a nook.
A large patio with rope lights built into the patio floor. Four intimate seating areas consist of beige or coral wicker furniture. The patio looks out over the city below.
A rooftop patio with several small container planters and a small, intimate seating area between two sections of terra cotta roof.
A lovely sunken rooftop patio with a checkerboard deck and a fantastic view of the surrounding grasslands.
A small, inset rooftop patio using the outline of the roof as a balustrade instead of glass. The small patio is host to a small, intimate dining area.
A lovely rooftop patio in Chicago with modular lounge beds and wrought iron fencing surrounding. Grass and large planting beds were added to give the spot a bit of shade and a more natural feeling.
A public rooftop patio with an arrangement of wicker chairs and dining tables surrounded by hardy container gardens and ornamental trees.
A covered rooftop patio overlooking the in-ground pool and an incredible view of the water. Wrought iron railings surround the curved patio.
A lovely rooftop patio overlooking a large body of water with yachts in the background. Curved domes dot the patio.
A lovely rooftop patio with a raised section with sod, shaded lounge chairs for two, and a hammock complete with airy curtains.
A contemporary spacious rooftop patio with several intimate seating areas and dining areas overlooking the city below.
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A private rooftop patio with textured plank decking, a wicker end table, and a single hammock.
A more luxurious example of a rooftop patio attached to the primary bathroom suite. The patio is filled with ornamental trees and container gardens, in addition to seating areas.
Another look at one of the previous patios, showing the red stakes on the rear side that provide color and privacy to this oasis.
A large, open patio with plenty of seating and tall ornamental trees that bring life to the urban jungle.
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A rooftop patio with white furniture overlooking a large marina. Also visible in the background is a city skyline, including skyscrapers.
A gorgeous garden patio in Honolulu with a glass balustrade separating the patio from the beautiful landscaping below.
A mostly bare rooftop patio on a modern home with a single dining table and set of multicolored chairs. The patio is large enough to accommodate a party.
A rooftop patio in Shanghai overlooking the bay and city with a number of seating areas and a tall glass balustrade.
An older rooftop patio complete with a small pool and a jacuzzi. Seating consists of lounge chairs and armchairs made of bamboo.
A garden rooftop patio all lit up at night by string lights. The patio is enclosed by wooden fences and tall foliage.
Source: Zillow Digs™
A rooftop patio viewed from above, showing the sheer amount of planters and ornamental trees occupying the majority of the space.
This cozy little patio, complete with benches, looks out over the city beyond. Small potted plants sit along the colorful brick wall and liven up the small space.
Glass walls create a sheltered spot to relax and enjoy the view without having to worry about the elements. Large box planters and potted ferns make for a peaceful, private space.
A rooftop deck makes for a great place to relax or entertain guests while still being able to enjoy the outdoors. Trees and shrubs are complemented by bright orange planters to liven up the space even more.
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This secluded space is protected by fences and offers plenty of space for seating and entertaining. Small trees and shrubs complement the choice of bright green upholstery and strings of lights add a touch of whimsy.
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This gorgeous patio makes for a great space to entertain or host a party. Small bistro tables create a nice seating area among the lush raised planters. Checkered tiles make for an interesting visual against the patterns of the middle, raised patio.
Here is the same patio done up differently. The white benches have been moved to create a different view of the space and the flowers in the raised planters have been changed for the season. They’ve even added small trees to create vertical interest in the space.
A great use of space, this rooftop patio is crawling with plants and greenery of all types. A trellis creates a living canopy over the space and a small table and chairs makes for a nice place to sit and enjoy the surrounding view and flowers.
This simple rooftop courtyard offers a quiet place to sit and enjoy the outdoors. Surrounded by bushes and trees, the white tile and concrete creates an interesting juxtaposition against the lively green.
This garden shows a great use of space. Potted trees and a tiled path break up the space between the small gazebo in the center of the garden and the trellis covered work space at the far end of the roof. Even this small use of green breaks up the grey of the city landscape.
Surrounding a great glass dome, this lush garden creates quite the contrast. Flowering trees and bushes add extra color to the space while a wooden deck offsets the concrete patio around the circular central structure.
Hearty tropical plants and grasses create a green oasis in this cityscape. Large shrubs and climbing vines create natural barriers around the space, helping to break up the monotony of structure.
Raised planters are a wonderful option if you want to create a garden patio but can’t actually plants anything on the roof. Here simple wooden boxes are bursting with greenery, making a lovely space to sit and relax to enjoy the sun. Small trees surround the space to create a nice border.
Climbing vines and draping bushes fill this courtyard and rooftop with beautiful greenery and flowers. The space is teeming with gorgeous life to break up the structure of this villa and highlight the surrounding mountains.
This uniquely shaped garden patio is a beautiful modern design. Simple concrete benches mimic the shape of the rest of the furniture but create structure, subtly bringing the surrounding building into the garden. Clusters of red poles contrast the greenery and make it stand out more.
This small patio boasts and great view to enjoy when utilizing this small eating area. Lounge chairs in the background make use of the rest of the patio while enjoying some sun and the view. Brightly colored chairs add interest to the simple concrete of the patio.
This quaint little patio creates a lovely sitting area to relax, eat, or entertain surrounded by flowers and greenery. The terra cotta roof tiles and creamy walls create a wonderful backdrop to allow the plants to pop.
A relaxing tropical oasis in a massive cityscape, this patio made up of intimate seating areas is a great place to relax and talk. Bright purple flowers break up the space and highlight the rich dark wood of the furniture.
Clearly someone is enjoying this sunny patio. Potted plants surround the space with lush greenery and flowers while the small table in the middle serves as a potting bench and seating area. The clay tiles of the surrounding rooftops show of the green even more.