Photograph of the terrace garden, London College of Fashion, 2014

We are celebrating National Gardening Week. Today, we look at a colourful and fashionable rooftop space.



London College of Fashion, London: the rooftop terrace garden

I’ve lived without a garden for most of my time in London. Thankfully, my collection of transportable houseplants, which have accompanied me from one short-term tenancy to the next, have provided a sense of continuity and visually improved each new home. When I saw this picture of a colourful roof terrace (it’s bigger than the photograph suggests) overlooking busy Oxford Street, I recognised the positive impact on wellbeing a bit of outdoor space and living greenery can have in a polluted and noisy city.

This terrace looks suitably trendy and fun for the London College of Fashion; I’m guessing it’s a good place for a party! My plus-one will be a certain potted palm tree.

Image: Photograph of the rooftop terrace garden, London College of Fashion, London, England, taken in 2014
Architect: Studio Weave
Photographer: Joanne Underhill
Credit: Joanne Underhill / RIBA Collections

Article by Wilson Yau, British Architectural Library, RIBA
13 April 2016

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    Zamora Mola, F., 2015.
    'Outside living: terraces, balconies, roof decks, courtyards, pocket gardens, and other small outdoor spaces'.
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