Crossrail Place Roof Garden — London
Crossrail Place was designed by architects Foster + Partners (they also designed the ceilings at the British Museum and King's Cross' recent addition) to house shopping and leisure facilities but also includes a roof garden to connect the surrounding towers of steel and glass with the natural world. Cleverly (and poetically) the planting, designed by Gillespies brings in plants that originated in the countries visited by trading ships that used the docks that have been sited there since 1802.
We liked the way that the timber structure of the roof joined the gap between architecture outside and the horticulture inside. We liked that there were open sections to bring a breeze through the palms, maples and grasses and we particularly liked that we seemed to be the only people in the garden.
The roof garden at Crossrail Place (near Canary Wharf station) is open from dawn until dusk and is free entry, no need to book.