Green Spaces: A Rooftop Garden Respite in Busy London

Green Spaces: A Rooftop Garden Respite in Busy London

Laura E. Hall
Jul 28, 2011

Studies have shown that living in the city means your brain has less time to rest, since it's always on the alert due to traffic and noise. Maybe that's why we so dearly value all of our greenery, gardens and restful spaces. Here's one such respite in bustling London, England: a temporary rooftop garden overlooking the Thames.

As part of a summer festival celebrating old-fashioned seaside vacations in Britain, the Southbank Centre has asked the Eden Project to create several gardens alongside the riverbank. On the roof of Queen Elizabeth Hall, real grass spreads out to support benches overlooking the river, along with vegetable containers, flower patches, a vine-covered archway and a little cafe.

They've used several inspirational techniques in the design of the garden and nearby area, too; old tires are painted in bright, summery colors, and serve as cheerful-looking planters, while a nearby staircase is made of wood pallets and uses water from the building's AC to provide irrigation.

Stumbling across this oasis in the middle of a tourist-heavy area was a lovely reminder to stop, seek out and appreciate the green spaces in the concrete jungles we live in.

What are your favorite places to go, in the city, to get a dose of green?

(Images: River view, tires - Laura E. Hall. Planter boxes, grassy expanse - garryknight under the Creative Commons. Trees - Loz Flowers under the Creative Commons)

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