News 20.01.2011

One Hyde Park opens in London and features landscape design by Gillespies

Residents moving into the world's most expensive address, One Hyde Park, just launched, will enjoy public spaces and landscaping designed by Gillespies.

Launched this week by developer Candy & Candy, the new development overlooks Hyde Park in the heart of Knightsbridge, London.  One Hyde Park consists of four pavilions of serviced apartments and penthouses, above a ground floor retail area. Work to the site necessitated major realignment of the carriage ways and the provision of a new entrance to Knightsbridge tube station.

Gillespies designed the landscape and public realm to provide both a visual and physical link between the expansive open spaces of Hyde Park and the busy street scene along Knightsbridge.  The design incorporates vertical planted surfaces and green roofs as well as a major street tree planting programme.

Direct access to the retail areas has been encouraged through the creation of a series open courtyard garden spaces running along the edge of the development.  One of the courtyards features a grove of trees set within a mirror pool with a four meter high water wall.

An innovative programmed lighting display conceived by the light artist James Turrell enlivens these spaces at night. The paving and tree planting strategy was developed with Westminster City Council as part of a wider initiative to improve the quality of the area's streetscape.

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