“Two landscape architecture students from the University of Greenwich have upstaged the country’s best young design talent by winning the Canary Wharf Landscape Competition”
We are very pleased to share the news that one of our design team, Alick Nee, was the joint winner of a national student competition organised by the Landscape Institute and Canary Wharf Group launched at the end of 2011. The single stage open ideas competition for landscape architecture students in the UK was to generate exceptional designs for Wood Wharf that could be realised for the summer of 2012.
Describing the scheme, Alick says “We were inspired by the British summer, its unpredictability and playfulness, and developed a scheme that would celebrate these themes in a creative, sculptural and playful way. Our goal was to offer a contrast to Canary Wharf’s structured and formal landscape, creating a colourful and interactive environment to delight both new visitors and the existing users of Canary Wharf.
Britain is famed the world over for its changeable weather, for its washed-out Wimbledon and surprise September summers. Our design celebrates this, from the wind and the wet, to beers on the beach. With canopies of umbrellas, billowing fields of windsocks above a meadow, and a picnic lawn with screens showing the Olympic events, it’s our quirky response to the brief that we believe made us stand out from the other entrants. This scheme will be a radical and different direction for Canary Wharf and we are very excited that it is going to be implemented.”
All of the short listed schemes were exhibited earlier this year at One Canada Square, Canary Wharf. Alastair McCapra, chief executive of the Landscape Institute, said: “This exhibition shows some of the exceptional talent coming up the ranks in our profession…” and goes on to state that they “…demonstrate the kind of inspiring contribution landscape architects can make in creating exciting and beautiful public spaces.”
Further details can be found on Canary Wharf’s website. The Wood Wharf scheme is due to open for the summer of 2012.