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Although trains won’t run for another three years or so, Canary Wharf visitors will have a bounty of amenities to choose from while they wait, including shopping, leisure activities, restaurants and a cinema. But the crown jewel is a verdant rooftop garden designed by Gillespies, a landscape studio based in London.

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The garden is protected by a 1,000-foot latticed timber awning filled in with ETFE cushions. These transparent UV-resistant cushions allow light to reach the plants, which are indigenous to many of the distant lands Britain visited during its many maritime exploits, and trap heat like a greenhouse during bitter winters.

Norman Foster says the new rooftop garden is designed to connect London from east to west, like the capital’s new rail network.

“It provides a welcoming public space between the residential neighbourhood of Poplar and the business district of Canary Wharf, demonstrating the role of infrastructure as the ‘urban glue’ that binds a city together,” he added.

In London? Get yourself down to Canary Wharf tomorrow for the grand opening.

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Via Dezeen