We worked with DSDHA architects for British land, on a sequence of landscape installations aimed at reactivating the public spaces of Broadgate. Each installation aimed to create a strong specific landscape character that related directly to the architecture of the place in question, but moved towards articulating the whole estate as a sequence of landscapes, each special and unique in its own way.
In the broken amphitheatre of Broadgate Circle we made a Piranesian landscape of cork oaks, stunted pines, creeping rosemary, capers, and fleabane, nestled into ‘rocks’ and crevices, whilst the upper levels of the building were decked with vines. In Finsbury Avenue Square, the only part of the estate that rests on solid ground, we made a seminatural wild landscape of foxgloves and old man’s beard, while providing the western edge with a linear timber arcade of pop-up shops and cafes. Amidst the soaring steelwork of Broadgate Plaza we set a bambooserie – a mini-forest of giant bamboos that, set against the surrounding towers, read as grasses swaying in the breeze.