Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
Bowles & Wyer
Bowles & Wyer
Bespoke zinc planters
IOTA supplied bespoke zinc planters to the UK headquarters of an international corporation at Verde SW1 in London. The planters feature in a Tom Stuart-Smith designed garden, arranged over two roof terraces of this state-of-the-art office redevelopment in the heart of London’s Victoria.
With approx 317,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space, a striking feature of the building are six expansive roof gardens totalling over 20,000 sq. ft, which offer stunning views of the London skyline across Buckingham Palace and the Royal Parks.
IOTA’s planters were commissioned and installed by garden design and build practice Bowles & Wyer, who were the build contractors for the development. The planter concept and design, manufacturing and supply was by IOTA.
A total of 21 planters were supplied in varying dimensions. The majority were relatively large with lengths of 3500-5100mm.
Due to the scale of the planters, they were manufactured from 1.2mm zinc clad onto 2.0mm zintec steel to provide sufficient strength and stiffness. The same technique is used by IOTA to create large planters from other softer metals, such as lead, copper, brass and bronze.
The made-to-order zinc planters were supplied with a patinated finish, with the intention that they would then age naturally within the maturing gardens. The images show the planters at a relatively early stage of natural ageing; with a general background patina resembling old lead, showing natural and characteristic zinc oxide highlights starting to come through. Over time, the planters will become generally lighter, with increasing levels of tonal variation and highlights.
IOTA’s brief at Verde SW1 also included supplying zinc cladding to a large water feature within the scheme, of external dimensions 3278 (l) x 3716 (w) x 550mm (h).