Through the properties that we develop and manage, we aim to create places for businesses to succeed and people to flourish; an aim that we wanted to reflect in our garden once again.
The design takes inspiration from the hardy plant species that survive in our cities and aims to show how these often overlooked plants can contribute to a more sustainable environment that encourages biodiversity and enhances citizens wellbeing.
With The Bruntwood Experiment, the design firm, Planit-IE, took inspiration from the science sector and how pioneering plants can colonise our cities and thrive with little care and attention. The idea centered around the petri dish, how cultures are grown and aspects extracted to further our understanding of the world around us. This is reflected in our garden with the circular design, featuring 1200 suspended plants centered around a raised seating area.
Much like a laboratory, the garden is a controlled environment. Species of city-dwelling plants have been selected for their adaptive properties and will be observed to help discover how they react to different situations. The water use can be monitored through the in-built irrigation system, while visitors can be observed to measure how the interaction with the garden affects their wellbeing.
Through the experiment we will discover which plants thrive in different conditions which can help to inform us how urban green spaces should be designed. This will allow us to maximise the benefits to the environment, climate and to create spaces which have a positive effect on its users.
We invite you to join us in this experiment, and aim to engage more people in gardening. By using pioneering plants and simple planting techniques we hope/want to demonstrate that urban greening is accessible to everyone and can have a positive impact on local communities.