Soho House,Television Centre, White City
Soho House took over a corner of BBC Television Centre to create a new house in West London. The brief given to us was to create a space that would wow its members. The 9th and 10th floor are the most used spaces so to stick to the brief, we created a jungle type theme on the 9th floor.
Tree ferns (Dicksonina antartica) multistemmed Box Trees (Buxus sempervirens) Strawberry Trees (Arbutus unedo) amd Osmanthus heterophyllus create the structure with tropical ferns and climbers to create the softer, more textural feeling for the space. The unique space with its retractable awning meant we had to be clever with the planting by underplanting the middle story of plants with shadier plants to fill the gaps, creating a solid block of planting that has simply flourished in this space.
The 10th floor with its very inviting swimming pool lends itself very well to a more Mediterranean feel. For the structure we plated more Multistemmed Box trees (Buxus sempervirens) with River Birch (Betula nigra). The middle story needed to be more textural and evergreen so we planted Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) Umbrellas standing at 1m tall. For scent, we planted 200 or so creeping Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis Prostratus).
The blue flowers contrast perfectly with the rusty corten steel planters that were used to match the fabric colours the Soho Team were designing with. To create movement, we planted Mexican Feather Grass (Stipa tenuissima) which effortlessly wafted in the summer breeze above the hustle and bustle of London below.
Since its completion in late May we have been adding more planters and plants on request from Soho House. Numerous through the night jobs to add large indoor plants in the entrance on the ground floor meant we could complete the job with no members in-house. These ‘night raids’ as they were affectionately known by the team, were great fun and very welcome after the set backs experienced in phase one, with several trades sharing the one lift to get to the roof.
We maintain the sites on a twice weekly basis, pruning and caring for a plethora of plants in all sorts of environments. From the exposed roof top to the darkened corners of the rooms in house. All our plants were selected carefully to ensure they survive the demands put upon them.