FIN CANOPY AT 10 FENCHURCH AVENUE January 2019
Roof Garden Aerofoil Fins
A new 15 storey office building at 10 Fenchurch Avenue in central London, is topped with one of the city’s most impressive roof gardens, known as the ‘Crystal Garden’. At the heart of the roof garden is a Levolux plant screening solution.
The 39,000 square metre development for Italy’s largest insurance company Generali, was designed by Eric Parry Architects and includes retail units at low levels, a public passageway at street level and a publicly accessible roof garden.
The larger of two crystalline-shaped Pergola structures is located to the west of the roof. This area also accommodates the building’s Chiller enclosure, along with associated roof-based plant and equipment.
Working with Sir Robert McAlpine, Levolux developed a custom screening solution, incorporated at the centre of the western Pergola structure. The solution comprises more than 200 separate aerofoil-shaped fins, all set at a pitch of 577mm.
The canopy of Aerofoil Fins, each measuring 300mm wide by 56mm thick, obscures the view of Chiller plant and equipment. This is most appreciated when viewed from above, for instance, from the upper floors of the 38-storey ‘Walkie Talkie’ office building at 20 Fenchurch Avenue.
Levolux assembled the fins off-site, arranging them into 52 trapezoidal-shaped panels, with aluminium side-plates. The pre-assembled panels were then lifted and fixed into position within the steel-framed Pergola structure. Co-ordinating its work with other subcontractors, Levolux was able to fast-track the installation process.
The attractive, silver anodised fins combine to create a horizontal screening structure measuring approximately 28 metres long by 17 metres wide.
The landscaped ‘Crystal Garden’ on the roof of 10 Fenchurch Avenue, creates a unique vantage point to enjoy panoramic views of the city. In addition, thanks to the custom Levolux plant screening solution, the roof garden becomes an attractive focal point itself.
Images courtesy of Latz+Partner Landscape Architects