Landmark towers embrace indoor/outdoor living
Designs for one of the UK’s tallest residential schemes, Wardian London, have been unveiled, showing lush planting that marries indoor and outdoor living.
The Canary Wharf development consists of two towers of 50 and 55 storeys, which will be filled with plants and flowers from around the world.
The scheme is named after the Wardian Case, a tightly sealed glass box rather like a miniature greenhouse that was used in the 19th century to transport living specimens of exotic plants from far-flung locales. Landscape architect Camlins has echoed these contraptions in the glasshouses of the entrance lobby, filled with exotic plants and seasonal flowers.
Gardens and exotic plants will feature throughout both towers, including a sky garden, an open-air swimming pool within a tropical environment that includes a living wall, a public plaza with sunken gardens, and generous private balconies.
Camlins’ Huw Morgan said, ‘Wardian London offers an exceptional opportunity to engage with the natural elements while living in the thriving hub of the city. Green space is one of the most sought after commodities in London and Wardian London capitalises on this with abundant planting of more than a hundred different exotic species of plants and flowers across the development. Creating hidden sanctuaries, inspired by Wardian Cases, was of utmost importance in this project to deliver a tangible retreat from city living.’
The architect for Wardian London is Glenn Howells and the developer is EcoWorld Ballymore. The first apartments went on sale in September and the first residents are expected to move in during 2019. More details can be found on the official website.