Tiny Parks at St James’s Park
Former Ticket Office - Palmer Street Entrance
CLIENT: London Underground Ltd
PROJECT STATUS: Complete
SECTOR: Public Sector
As part of their station ambience programme, Transport for London’s (TfL) Design and Communities team challenged us with a brief to transform a former ticket office into something green and engaging. The station selected for the pilot project is St James’s Park tube station, which sits directly below TfL’s headquarters at 55 Broadway in central London.
The ticket office, situated at the Palmer Street entrance, has two windows on either side of the barriers. We believe that green infrastructure need not stop as you enter a building. Most urban dwellers spend 80% of their time indoors, therefore, the introduction of interior green space can have a significant impact on those that live, work and play in that space. We also understand the importance of biophilia and so the solution was simple, create mirrored grow units that offer views into tiny tropical parks.
These prototypes were tested for over a year, to ensure that the right plants were selected and had the correct environmental conditions for them to thrive in. It’s been immense fun trialling the plants and discovering what works and what works too well and grows too fast, a problem we’ve not encountered before. We look forward to developing the concept further with TfL and trying out different planting schemes across various sites on the network.
As part of this work, we have now developed a system that can be integrated into a multitude of interior settings, from offices to hospitals and hotels, as well as continuing to grow the network with Transport for London.
For one day only, as part of the order generic proscar CHELSEA FRINGE festival, we offered the general public the opportunity to sign up to come ‘backstage’ into the ticket office, meet the team and see how the grow units work.
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