We’ve been researching the impact of a future social and architectural trend for blending urban and rural for some time, so news that the Sky Tower (complete with ‘sky gardens’, above visualization) at Vauxhall Cross, London, has been approved marks another step towards this trend becoming a reality.
Lambeth Council has approved the 36-story building, designed by UK-based Carey Jones Architects, in spite of the opposition from Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). The 120 meter tall skyscraper, featuring triple height ‘sky gardens’, has been designed by Carey Jones in conjunction with London-based Amin Taha Architects for Frasers Property Developments. The mixed use tower and podium, dubbed as ‘Sky Gardens Tower’, has been designed to have the highest plot ratio of any residential building in London; achieved largely through the main feature of the tower – the two sky gardens.
Watch out for this trend gaining momentum in architecture – as our quest for locally sourced, fresh produce grows, architects find opportunites to build in gardens and introduce vertical farming which reduces food miles and provides cities with space to grow natural produce.