Immersed in a wet dock and spanning nearly 300 metres, Crossrail Place is the striking, ship-like development that tops Canary Wharf Station, part of the new Elizabeth Line.
Comprising retail, restaurants and leisure facilities, the development is crowned with a densely planted rooftop park designed by landscape architect, Gillespies. The biodome-style canopy roof, which combines translucent ETFE cushions with a timber lattice structural system, provides a warm, natural counterpoint to the glass and steel towers of Canary Wharf. Seating and pavilions are interspersed throughout the gardens, creating an oasis in the city that can be enjoyed year round.
Like the transit station below, the objective of Crossrail Place is to connect London from east to west. The building mediates between the residential neighbourhood of Poplar and the business district of Canary Wharf, signifying the role of infrastructure as the glue that ties a city together.
* images at left and above courtesy of Canary Wharf Group