London Trip – The Sky Garden
The sky garden is 155 metres up and is enclosed in an enlarged glass dome. It offers views across the capital and far beyond. The garden itself is three storeys high and consists of many plants, a cafe, a restaurant, an observation deck and an open air terrace. It was built as a social place and attracts many visitors. Here I looked at the architecture, layout, materials, circulation and furniture.
Because the building is such an unusual shape, they had difficulty with how to structurally balance it. To overcome this the steelwork is faceted to approximate the curvature of the facade. The faceting of the columns happens mostly every four storeys, but occasionally every two. Fins provide stability which span the open area and also support the glazing on the roof and sides.