18 – 26 September 2021

London Design Festival

Architecture / Landscape

The London Blossom Garden Design Team Tour

By The Edible Bus Stop® in collaboration with Davies White Landscape Architects

The Edible Bus Stop collaborating with Davies White Landscape Architects designed The London Blossom Garden a living Covid memorial in the Olympic Park. Join us & the local artisans with who we co-designed the benches for a tour of the site to discover our collective process & layers of meaning held within the design.

The London Blossom Garden was commissioned by the National Trust and The Mayor of London, who opened the site in May 2021. This biodiversity-rich garden features 33 blossoming trees and 33 timber bands in the path – to represent the 33 London boroughs, including the City of London. Where possible throughout the scheme, sustainably resourced materials have been used. The bespoke benches are fabricated with reclaimed tropical timber from sites within London, including former fenders from the Olympic Park lock. The handmade concrete bands contain a high content of recycled marble, the finished speckled effect looking akin to blossoms. The timber stamped concrete path is made with recycled concrete and aggregate. The bench co-design and build team: Junior Phipps of Conscious Forms, Flee Jones of Felicity Jones Metal and Dan Gritten - Cabinet Maker and Woodworker, will join the design leads; Mak Gilchrist, Adam White and Andree Davies, to discuss the material elements and design details. We’ll talk about the many layers of meaning in our design, how we incorporated the client brief with community engagement feedback and employed inclusive design standards throughout the scheme.

Where

The London Blossom Garden

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

1 Honour Lea Avenue (entrance on Eastcross Bridge)

London

E20 1DY

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