One of Britain’s most progressive housing developments will include the UK’s highest glasshouses, almost 150m above a new public park at ground level. The £200m housing scheme includes a 1960s-style skyscraper with a modern twist. Trees beneath a box-like atrium crown the bronze and white stone-clad tower. Trees, grass, paving and parasols 144m below will front Doon Street in London’s Lambeth. Homes will sit near offices, shops and a pool. Around 330 flats, rising to around 40 storeys, will surround a courtyard in front of the public park. “The top flats have glazed, treble-height gardens around 20m wide and 10m deep,” said a representative. “We aim to plant semi-mature trees and grass.” The design is the second proposal from architect Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, which is also handling landscape. The original 2005 scheme was tweaked to improve the public realm and lower the tower by 30m. Construction is due to start around 2010.
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