Four Pancras Square Kings Cross
Four Pancras Square comprises of 10 floors with access to the roof garden for Universal’s employees. The design is based on the contrast between the harder ground plane of the development and a soft natural roof scape. The concept is a habitat extension leaping 11 storeys from the Camley Street Natural Park below to the rooftop of Four Pancras Square. The elements of the landscape have been abstracted; water, long grasses, gravel, stones, views, habitats, to enhance the contrast between the ground plane and the roof scape and create a stronger sense of 'otherness' when arriving at the roof level; a sense of arriving in a natural world.
Landscape designer Todd Longstaffe –Gowan put forward a design that included a large and irregularly-shaped wooden terrace that hovers above a moorland landscape formed of natural planting and small water bodies. The terrace forms a single space for large entertainments, ideal for Universal’s promotional activity; this terrace continues on to linear seating areas that supply long aerial panoramas over the extensive landscape to the north and east.
The garden planting palette also encompasses the needs of seasons and takes into consideration the conditions that they may have to endure on the roof; from Erica cinerea, Calluna vulgaris and the spring favourite Galanthus nivalis (the common snowdrop) to summer the special Kniphofia 'Sunningdale' and the autumn colour of Leucanthemella serotine, the garden will be a relaxing haven in the heart of London.