Crossrail Place Roof Garden

Canary Wharf, London, UK

Title:Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Canary Wharf, London, UK
Markets:Infrastructure, Parks and Green Spaces
Client:Canary Wharf Group
Services:Landscape Architecture
Region:United Kingdom
Team:Gillespies, Foster + Partners, Adamson Associates, Arup Engineering and Growth Industry
Photography:Jason Gairn, Neil Kenyon, Justin Kase and Gillespies
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Designed to evoke a ship laden with unusual and exotic specimens from around the globe, the roof garden is encased within a complex ETFE lattice timber roof structure — designed by Foster + Partners — which wraps around the building like a shell with openings that encourage light penetration and natural irrigation. The semi‑permeable canopy structure helps create a localised microclimate, allowing the planting of more sensitive and rare plants.

The geographic location of the site — directly north of Greenwich — places the dock virtually on the Prime Meridian, dividing the western and eastern hemispheres and inspiring the division of the gardens and planting into two geographic zones.

Internally, the garden is organised around a single landscaped walkway, with multiple smaller paths that branch off in different directions, creating opportunities for chance encounters and providing visitors with a sense of true escape from their urban surroundings. The main walkway simplifies circulation, and pockets of seating provide opportunities for visitors to convene and relax.

"The first benefit of Crossrail that Londoners are enjoying is a magnificent garden high above a station"

Ruth Slavid, Landscape Journal


  • 2016 Landscape Institute Award: Highly Commended
  • 2016 MIPIM Awards: Best Urban Regeneration
  • 2016 New London Award Winner: Transport and Infrastructure Category
  • 2018 European Garden Award