Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
IMA Architects / Del Buono Gazerwitz
Overbury / Plants for London
These powder coated, bespoke steel planters had been commissioned as part of the refurbishment of the Warner Bros. offices in central London. The refurbishment of this Grade A office building was undertaken by IMA Architects and Overbury carried out the planned designs.
The offices were completely refurbished and the bespoke planters formed part of the new and modern feel that the designers were looking for. The planters were custom ordered as part of the landscaping that was carried out on the roof terrace on the 6th floor.
Six steel trough planters and nine circular planters with a seamless design were required. The trough planters measured 2490 x 825 x 500 mm and the circular planters had 750 mm diameter and stood at 440 mm tall. Crafted from zintec steel they were polyester powder coated in Graphite grey or RAL 7024 on the RAL colour chart. The grey colour is stark in comparison to the light woods that were used on the terrace, but provide a graduating grey scale when compared to each other, the edges of the benches and the steel railings.
The rectangular planters provide barriers to act as privacy screens between the benches that are spaced between them on the terrace and the grouping of the circular planters provides an eye-catching and symmetrical drawing point that ties the design of the terrace together.
The steel railings that run around the edge of the terrace and the large plate glass windows that overlook it provide the perfect complement to the steel trough planters, which the circular planters soften the look, whilst providing a low maintenance solution for providing a little greenery on the terrace.
The design for the terrace planting was completed by del Buono Gazerwitz and the plants in the planters were all provided and installed by Plants for London. The stunning bespoke benches between the planters were produced by Joe Mellows Furniture after they had been designed by IMA. It took 12 days to install the 6th floor terrace refurbishment and the whole project took 16 weeks.
The Warner Bros. offices are located at 200 Grays Inn Road, London WC1. The building itself was originally designed by Foster and Partners and constructed back in 1990. It was commissioned by ITN as the broadcasting hub and headquarters for the company. Inside the building is an internal atrium that acts as the focal point, at ten stories high the atrium is filled with an abundance of natural light.
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