The City of London has a long history of courtyard gardens from Postmans Park to the Cleary Garden. The Garden Bench draws inspiration from this heritage. It is formed of eight platforms of differing height, arranged to create private pockets for contemplation and adjacencies for conversation. The materials have been chosen for their tactile as well as visual qualities with the plants - camomile, lavender and thyme - adding a further sensory dimension.
This bench is one of ten new benches across the City of London - five in Cheapside and five in the Eastern Cluster - and result of a design competition organised by the London Festival of Architecture, the City of London Corporation and Cheapside Business Alliance in 2018. They showcase London’s brilliant emerging architects and designers, and are a public gift that help the City remain an exceptional place to live, work and visit.
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150 Cheapside EC2V 6ET