|Title:||Landmark Pinnacle, Canary Wharf, London|
|Client:||Chalegrove Properties Limited|
|Team:||Armel Mourgue, James Gregory, Giacomo Guzzon, Sena Ozdemir, Phil Griffiths (Verdant Horticulture)|
|Photography:||Images copyright John Sturrock|
At 75 floors, Landmark Pinnacle is one of London's tallest residential towers and a beacon of modern living. Its 27th floor invites residents to explore an exquisite tropical garden with planting expertly curated by Gillespies and horticulture expert Phil Griffiths, maintained by innovative technology. At ground level, we have also designed Pinnacle Park, a public park offering views of the River Thames.
The whole of floor 27 is given over to a remarkable indoor garden. Boasting 3,500 plants from all over the world, the Level 27 Garden, named ‘Panoramic Sky Gardens’, provides a green oasis where residents can find sanctuary amongst tropical planting, helping to foster a greater awareness of the natural world and improve wellbeing. The garden is split into two halves, East and West, each with its own character and layout.
The 2,950 sq ft west-facing garden provides residents with a series of secluded lounge areas divided by greenery. The garden offers a calm space, with sofas surrounded by 1,288 tropical plants ranging from low-level creeping plants to 2.5-metre-high structural planting.
With spectacular views over Canary Wharf, the east-facing garden is approximately 3,400 sq ft. Densely planted with 2,265 plants in large planters, it offers a huge play area, spanning the width of the building. Children can explore the winding pathways and stepping stones of a play trail through the vegetation, while a climbing wall and picnic tables encourage family time. At one end is a zone for toddlers, with an undulating artificial lawn, while at the other is a games room for older children and adults.
The planting has been curated by Gillespies to deliver a year-round, multi-sensory experience, carefully considered to ensure it ignites all the senses, with changing colour, texture, height and scents throughout the seasons. The brief included low maintenance planting and plants from across the world.
We used innovative landscape technology to create the perfect internal microclimate, without the need for a bespoke glasshouse. The indoor ecosystem is supported and optimised by sophisticated technological systems, including low-energy LEDs, light monitoring sensors, misters and airflow controls that are fed back into the building's computer-based control system.
The 75-storey residential development, designed by Squire and Partners for developer Chalegrove Properties, provides contemporary apartments complemented by three floors of shared amenity space, including a tropical internal garden on Level 27, designed by landscape architects Farrer Huxley with planting design by Gillespies in collaboration with Verdant Horticulture.
(Images copyright John Sturrock)
- 2022 Landscape Institute awards finalist - Excellence in Horticulture and Planting Design category
"Pinnacle Park is nestled in the heart of Canary Wharf, a green oasis in the heart of a bustling urban landscape. Our design incorporates woodland plant communities, with robust woody and herbaceous species, chosen to thrive within the microclimate influenced by the surrounding skyscrapers. They create a haven for biodiversity in this part of the city, and foster ecological diversity while providing a welcoming space for everyone to rest in and enjoy."
Giacomo Guzzon, Head of Planting