Projex Group celebrates the world’s shift towards greener, sustainable practices by listing their Top 20 favourite green rooftops and rooftop gardens from across the world. Next in this series is the Kensington Roof Gardens designed by Ralph Hancock and located on Kensington High Street.
Practically concealed from the street, the urban oasis created six floors above a clothing store is home to over 500 species of plants and shrubs on a space measuring over an acre and a half. Kensington Roof Gardens was until 2012, also the largest rooftop garden in Europe, and is now part of Virgin Limited Edition, hosting a members' club, private function room, and a restaurant.
A design highlight of the rooftop garden is that it is divided into three themed areas, with a vine-creeping Spanish Garden, a wisteria-and-archway Tudor paradise, and an English Woodland featuring over 100 different tree species.
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