|Title:||The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, London, UK|
|Markets:||Retail and Workplace, Parks and Green Spaces|
|Client:||Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group|
|Team:||Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group|
|Photography:||Gillespies | Jason Gairn and Rhubarb|
The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street is a unique public roof garden, celebrating the diversity of plants. Spanning three storeys, and offering 360˚ views across the City of London, the Sky Garden is an extraordinary addition to the London skyline.
Inspired by the gravity defying ancient forests you see on tall outcrops, Sky Garden is a unique public garden space housed under a glass vaulted roof overlooking the City of London. The particular microclimate created under this glass vault inspired the creation of a series of micro-landscapes.
Specialist planting consultancy was provided on this project by Growth Industry, acting as a sub‑consultant to Gillespies. The landscape design concept developed a narrative based on the ‘Evolution of plants’, which has resulted in the creation of a garden split into three zones: Shade Tolerant Forest, a Transition Zone and flowering plants. The top terrace of tree fern and fig trees provides a cool, shaded space, whilst the middle terrace brings a transition in scale from the forest down to a display of ancient cycads. The lower terrace is filled with colourful plants to delight the senses all year round.
Set amongst the landscaping is a viewing area, terrace, café, bar and restaurant. The Sky Garden has also been designed to offer a series of large, flexible spaces to host a variety exhibitions and corporate events with a capacity of 450 guests.
Gillespies' design role at 20 Fenchurch Street was also to deliver a high quality de‑cluttered setting for the building at street level. This has resulted in an accessible and welcoming open space at the base of the building along with a living green wall
- 2015 BALI Award - Soft Landscaping Construction - Over £1.5 million