The Kensington Heights Podium is a landscaped courtyard that fronts Campden Hill Road and is enclosed by residential apartment blocks. The existing planters and waterproofing dated from the building's construction in the 1970's and had begun to fail and leak into the underground car park below. Our brief was to rectify the waterproofing and drainage and in doing so create an improved landscaping scheme that would soften the building and enhance the experience of using the space.
Contrasting tones and finishes of granite were used to produce a robust design with a high quality aesthetic. The imposing brick façade was softened by introducing Western Red Cedar trellises that will allow planting to grow up them over time. In the centre of the Podium 3 large circular stainless steel planters were placed at strategic points drawing residents between them and encouraging sensory experiences of the feature plants. Lighting was incorporated to create drama and to make the space take on a different character at night.