New Ludgate, by Gustafson Porter, in London, UK. Can you think of a landscape architecture project which impressed you so much that without any doubts you can say, “This is the best project I’ve ever seen.”? Or, if there isn’t one coming to your mind straight away, is there a landscape architect or a firm which you admire the most? Perhaps, every one of us has their respect for certain professionals and that is absolutely normal and understandable. In this article, however, we will provoke you with the challenge to debate with us, what makes a project or a firm someone’s favorite. Why do we choose to follow some designers’ example and how can that help us develop our own style and philosophy in design? To answer all these questions, we will introduce you to Gustafson Porter, the award-winning landscape architecture firm of the highest quality, which raises the bar higher with each project. In the following review, you will discover why Gustafson Porter’s New Ludgate landscape design deserves your attention and what valuable practices you can draw from it.
Situated in London’s oldest area, near St. Paul’s Cathedral, New Ludgate is a newly completed mix-use development. Comprised of two impressive buildings and a pedestrian route, designed by Fletcher Priest and Sauerbruch Hutton, New Ludgate creates a distinctive landmark aiming at highly improving the quality of the public realm in the entire zone.What unites the two grand structures, is the newly animated ground floor public square, surrounded by restaurants, shops and cafes. Ingenious paving design masterly thought out green roof terrace, and street planting, shading the public seating conveniently, are among the other appreciable elements polishing the exquisite vision of that urbanscape. How do the two grand edifices correspond with each other through landscaping? And, have Gustafson Porter’s team managed to plan a site which has character and also, blends with the surrounding environment as well?
A Well-Balanced Composition
The two questions, above, can be easily answered if we take a closer look at the design composition the landscape architects have provided. The irregular sinuous shapes used in the roof platform are a reflection of the buildings’ curvilinear architecture. Continuing with the bold transition from a polygonal to rectangular slabs, the paving pattern represents the intersection point of individuality and unification.Led by the pavement direction, we reach the accent of the layout. The focal point is marked by a mature tulip tree, sheltering the outdoor furniture to welcome visitors to the public square. As a resonance, more street trees appear at the opposite side of the buildings. “Perspective views into the development enhance desire routes through the site, with trees providing visual markers,” says the team of Gustafson Porter.
Impressive Hardscape AndImposing Softscape
To elucidate with more details on the project, the design team adds, “The paving design subtly moves from the City of London’s signature Yorkstone to a more informal and unexpected dark granite.” We carry on to climb up to reach the fifth floor of the first structure, where we land in the south-facing, cheery, and colorful stone-paved terrace. A rambling elongated white bench follows the curves of the picturesque hills, covered by a myriad of plants and, variegated perennial flowers alternate with dramatic ornamental grasses in a loose, flowing manner. Grouped by color and structure, contrasting combinations of Euphorbias’ yellow flowers and raising blue spikes of Erynginumadd gives a sense of surprise. Echinopsis and Aster, Alliums and low pillows of Thyme, sculpt a dynamic scenery, all framed by the expressive nature of grasses.
Landforms And Vistas
This year-long sun lit spot offers the perfect place for both recreation and contemplation. Imagine the opportunity to find yourself surrounded by gently undulating hills of plants in the forefront, and the spectacular view towards St. Paul’s Cathedral at the background. Isn’t that the perfect match between Architecture and Landscaping? Learn From The BestNow that we went through the major lines drawing New Ludgate project, it is time to close the review by highlighting the insights we managed to deduce. Gustafson Porter’s team has generalized it by saying, “In the landscape and architecture world, our work has a reputation for being of the highest design quality. In mainstream culture, our work has entered popular consciousness because we create beguilingly simple spaces which bring pleasure to everyone.” A distinctive and memorable composition, an inspiring vegetation and pavement design, completed by a sculpted landscape as a prelude to a majestic view; isn’t New Ludgate a role model for landscape design? And, isn’t Gustafson Porter’s design philosophy an example to follow?
Full Project Credits For New Ludgate
Project name: New Ludgate Location: London, UK Landscape Architects: Gustafson Porter Architects: Fletcher Priest and Sauerbruch Hutton Client: Land Securities Area: 7,000 Sqm Engineer: Waterman Contractor: Skanska Lighting Designer: Speirs + Major Cost Consultant: Gleeds Status: Started in 2011 Completed: 2015 Website: www.gustafson-porter.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/gustafsonporter Recommended Reading:
- Urban Design by Alex Krieger
- The Urban Design Handbook: Techniques and Working Methods (Second Edition) by Urban Design Associates
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