Although London’s Crossrail Network isn’t due to open until 2018, they haven’t been slacking at Canary Wharf – Crossrail Place and its spectacular roof garden is now open to the public.
It’s clear that no expense has been spared on the building – designed by Norman Foster & Partners its construction is reported to have cost a cool £500 million!
The Crossrail platforms are down on the bottom of the old dock, with an additional six floors above culminating in the impressive roof garden. There are lots of restaurants and retail venues on ground level, and a new Everyman cinema is due to open at the complex in a few weeks’ time.
The roof garden itself was designed by Gillespies, a landscape architecture practice based in London . It sits under a 310 metre-long timber frame which has inflatable plastic panels attached to the sides but is open to the elements directly above – the trees, shrubs and flowers do need water after all! Norman Foster had this to say about the unusual design:
“It provides a welcoming public space between the residential neighbourhood of Poplar and the business district of Canary Wharf, demonstrating the role of infrastructure as the ‘urban glue’ that binds a city together,”
The roof garden at Crossrail Place is open to the public from dawn until dusk and is absolutely free of charge, unless that is you also decide to indulge yourself at one of the restaurants downstairs while you’re there…
In closing, here’s a video timelapse showing the construction process involved in putting the roof garden together: