London Wall Place, a joint venture development from Brookfield Properties and Oxford Properties, is a new destination on a 2-acre site in the City of London comprising two buildings that provide more than 500,000ft2 of premium office space and over 35,000ft2 of roof terraces; 1 acre of new public gardens with new pedestrian routes, including 350m of elevated walkways; and two retail premises.
The project’s concept lies in referencing and revealing the deep history of the site. The scheme’s geometry is aligned with the historical urban grain created by the section of the Roman city wall on site and the facade materials reference the stone used to build the wall. The wall and the medieval St Alphage Church tower on site – both hidden from public view since the 1960s – have been restored and made central features of the gardens, while the elevated walkways of the 1960s have been reimagined and reinstated.
The two buildings share the same striking appearance, with contrasting sections of vertical rectilinear bands of glass-reinforced concrete and dark blue ceramic ribs that form a vertically elongated grid. The architecture is designed to be a backdrop to the heritage landmarks and terraced pocket gardens, which are filled with thousands of plants such as strawberries, lavender and ivy.