Playful 'super nature' landscape for London


Above: sketch by LDA Design for IQL (International Quarter London)


Two residential towers by Alison Brooks Architects with a playful ‘super nature’ landscape by LDA Design have secured approval from the London Legacy Development Corporation’s planning committee, with planning officers praising the scheme’s “exceptional design quality”.

On the edge of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, the new development will provide 350 homes above co-working and retail space. They stand in a verdant and richly planted setting, inspired by Alice in Wonderland, and with attractive, comfortable public gardens for all to enjoy.

The distinctive, staggered towers, which feature green stepped park ledges, will help to create a new neighbourhood in IQL (International Quarter London), a mixed-use development by Lendlease.

A family of distinctive social spaces creates a playable landscape that links well to the park and to neighbouring streets. Thrilled with the LLDC decision, Scott Carroll, a director at LDA Design and lead for Park Place, said. “The landscape is a key element of this proposal, so it’s great that it has been backed by LLDC and praised for its quality.

“Our designs are a celebration of community and togetherness. We wanted to create a social canvas that delights as it brings people into close contact with nature.”


Future Cities Forum is delighted that LDA-Design's Senior Consultant, Kirsty Barker, will be taking part in our 'New Districts' series this week, to discuss the project above.

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