Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
New Ludgate in London, England by Fletcher Priest Architects
September 4th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Fletcher Priest Architects
The public realm landscape of 1 & 2 New Ludgate ties the new development seamlessly into the surrounding urban fabric and character. Fine landscape details and finishes reinforce the smooth transition and facilitate the use of this new public space in a tight urban site.
A new piazza marks the entrance to a passageway linking OId Bailey with Limeburner Lane. Many similar passageways are hidden in the City of London, creating unexpected and wonderful shortcuts.
The new route marks a transition from the traditional City of London Yorkstone towards an unusual dark granite. Gustafson Porter created a bold geometric paving pattern that leads pedestrians to a new focal point at the centre of the piazza.
The centrepiece is a mature Tulip tree surrounded by solid granite seating which has been developed as an extension of the paving pattern. The positioning of street furniture and trees increases the sense of space and creates a new meeting and gathering place in the lively City.
The development’s substantial south-facing roof terrace on the fifth floor basks in day-long sunlight. The curvilinear white Corian bench provides generous seating. Its form wraps around the edges of the terrace, growing in height and allowing ample soil depth for the intensive planting scheme.
The gently undulating landform is planted with colourful bands of perennial plants mixed with ornamental grasses in loose, natural arrangements. Plants are grouped together according to colour and form. Bands of yellow flowering evergreen Euphorbias contrast with the tall blue flowering spikes of Erynginum, Echinopsis and Aster; low hummocks of flowering Thyme are seen against the towering purple balls of Alliums, all framed by the plumes of tall ornamental grasses. Using a mix of low and taller perennials and grasses provides a natural permeable boundary that allows spectacular views to St Paul’s and the City of London beyond.
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