The lush gardens designed to accompany the gorgeous copper alloy-clad hive Worcester Library in the UK have just been opened to the public. Designed by Grant Associates, who brought us the Supertrees Project, the library’s landscape harmonizes with both the natural lay of the land and the uber-sustainable architecture. The grounds are made up of basins and islands, which bring a variety of plant life, as well as secluded, lush areas for diving into a book borrowed from the library.
The “BREEAM Outstanding” Worcester Library designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is known for its innovative design that resists the effects of climate change. A grand, yet sustainable landscaping plan was necessary to provide appropriate company for the magnificent architectural feat.
Grant Associates used the local landscape as inspiration for the library grounds, pulling references from the nearby River Severn and the Malvern Hills. The designers created two landform basins to serve as homebase for rich damp meadow species, while also reserving water to keep the area properly irrigated. Around the basins, islands were created to host miniature forests populated with Black Worcester Pears, Black Poplars and True Service Trees.
Interventions employed to make the grounds sustainable include SUDS drainage, water attenuation, productive urban gardens, indigenous plant species and of course locally sourced materials for benches, fences and other needs. The resulting gardens are both beautiful and ecologically rich — a perfect compliment to the exemplary library it surrounds.