Unilever House, London
Designed with KPF Architects and completed in May 2007, this accessible roof garden has quickly established itself as a truly dynamic space, designed to accommodate a variety of functions. Paved areas consist of mainly high quality Yorkstone paving and timber seating. Feature lighting enhances the roof garden for evening use.
Timber decking integrated with boundary planting provides independent viewing platforms, with long views over the city of London and the River Thames. Ornamental grasses form striking bands of colour, their softening texture is resilient to and also moves effortlessly with the prevailing winds.
Angular pocket beds are planted with tightly clipped Taxus baccata and Fagus sylvatica, offset by topiarised Laurus noblis in movable stainless steel planters.
Little opportunity was missed on this roof to make a planted statement. The maintenance vehicle tracks at the building edge were even planted with low growing varieties of Thymus and Rosmarinus.
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox