Standing on the edge of London’s Olympic Park, Manhattan Loft Gardens is a structural feat of wonder made up of residential apartments, a boutique hotel, hospitality venues and luxury amenities.
The double-cantilever design makes way for sky gardens that sit within sliced-out sections of the 42-storey tower. The vertical outdoor spaces provide residents with a place to relax, connect and soak up the remarkable views.
The exterior lighting scheme for the gardens was designed to reinforce the extruded form of the architecture. Timber panels clad the underside of the overhanging sections and are emphasised by corresponding lines of soft light. To achieve this dramatic indirect lighting effect across the canopy, luminaires were concealed within a profile between each panel.
At a lower level, layers of light incorporated within benches, steps and walkways add intrigue while helping people navigate the space. Planting is illuminated by carefully positioned spike lights and vertical partitions that create secluded pockets are accented by miniature uplights.
The high-level architectural lighting and the low-level landscape lighting have been carefully balanced to create a relaxing environment and can be controlled independently to suit all times of day.
Images © Luke Hayes