Cheap and cheerful rooftop garden appears

CC BY 2.0 Bonnie Alter

We love Studio Weave: they are a group of young architects who do environmental, interesting and fun architecture: now that's a unique combination.

This garden was plunked on an abandoned rooftop on the sixth storey of a university building in central London. Constructed in only weeks, it has become an instantly popular place for staff and students to eat lunch and enjoy the sun.

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The space is surrounded by concrete, with brightly coloured decking laid down on the roof floor. The pinks and blues and purples pick up the sun and emphasise the concrete frame of the old building.

There are different levels which serve as steps, seats and tables. The planting is simple: bamboo and purple perennials that love the sun and can withstand the wind.

The mix of seating will be perfect for college seminars, lunch and coffee breaks. As part of the London Festival of Architecture, a series of talks is being held.

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Here's a clever way to mask a mechanical system.

The rooftop is surprisingly quiet, given that it overlooks one of London's busiest streets.

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The herringbone pattern, made from larch planks, is a witty and colourful nod to the college's textile roots; it is the London School of Fashion after all.

Cheap and cheerful rooftop garden appears
It's a bright and sunny solution to an abandoned rooftop: a garden.

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