Our involvement in this project was to supervise the design of elements such as walkways, paths and seating as part of the landscaping and internal design and fit-out for the tropical roof gardens and leisure complex that sits above the new Crossrail station at Canary Wharf, designed by Foster + Partners.
The seven-storey structure is the first new building for Crossrail – London’s new east-west rail link – which is now open to the public; although trains will not run from the station for at least three years.
Foster + Partners has designed the roof structure and cladding that wraps around the four storeys of shopping and leisure facilities above ground level, as well as the gardens on the top level. The roof garden, landscaped by London-based studio Gillespies, is located directly beneath a 310-metre-long transparent hood. Triangular air-filled cushions made from ETFE – a type of plastic used for its resistance to corrosion – are set into the timber-latticed awning. Plants selected for the gardens is intended to reference the area’s maritime heritage. Many of the chosen species are indigenous to countries visited during the 19th century by trading ships that used the three docks built in the area by the West India Dock Company trading group.