Discover our pick of London’s best nature-inspired spaces with this unique guide to the city.
Highlighting biophilic design approaches found across the capital, the guide showcases a variety of buildings and outdoor spaces that exemplify design inspired by nature. From pocket-parks to offices, shops to hotels, exploring any of these beautiful locations is guaranteed to relax or re-energise.
The twenty-two spaces in the guide have been chosen by the readers of RIBA Journal and curated by: architect, interior and biophilic design expert, Oliver Heath; Chief Executive at Open City, Rory Olcayto; and Interface.
For a downloadable copy of the Biophilic Guide of London click here.
Large windows maximise natural light and offer well-framed views of the surrounding greenery to create a more peaceful learning environment.
Burntwood Lane, SW17 0AQ
King’s Cross Pond Club
King’s Cross Pond Club is the UK's first ever man-made, freshwater bathing pond. Its surrounding landscape emulates the seasons to keep pace with the natural world.
20 Canal Reach, N1C 4BE
Like all Maggie’s Centres, the human instinct to protect what is most precious inspires the design, reflected throughout its green spaces.
Charing Cross Hospital
Fulham Palace Rd, W6 8RF
The natural world isn’t uniform, so its designers used curvatures and complex shapes when creating Second Home as a work place.
68 Hanbury St, E1 5JL
The Barbican Complex, home to the impressive Barbican Conservatory, was designed as a self-contained utopian living and leisure space.
Silk St, EC2Y 8DS