A FUTURISTIC SPACE WHERE PRESENT AND PAST CONNECT

PLANTATION LANE

The City of London is known for its twisting alleyways. But while many have been there since Medieval times, Plantation Lane has only existed since 2005.

Tranquil and ethereal, this new piece of public art creates a unique pathway through one of the oldest parts of London.

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane Early Concept Design

Early concept design © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane Early Concept Design

Early concept design © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane Early Concept Design

Early concept design © Arup Associates 

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Arup Associates; Plantation Lane Site Plan

Plantation Place: contemporary context © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane Moonscape

Moon elevation © Arup Associates 

Instead of commissioning art at the end of the project, we worked with artists and designers from the very start.

 

PLANTATION LANE

WHERE OLD MEETS NEW

Plantation Lane runs between two of our buildings: Plantation Place and Plantation Place South. The dig for the site unearthed artefacts dating as far back as Boudicea – a reminder of the area’s distinctive history.

We wanted the path in some way to bridge this gap between present and past, one vision to celebrate time and place. We also wanted it to be both functional and emotional – a tranquil place for people to escape from the nearby hustle and bustle of the city.

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane

Photograph of Plantation Lane © Christian Richters 

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane

Plantation Lane runs from Wren's Church of St Margaret Pattens to Mincing Lane © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane

The path weaves two of our buildings into the fabric of the capital © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane

Photograph of Plantation Lane © Christian Richters 

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane Moonscape Wall

Photograph of Plantation Lane © Christian Richters 

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Arup Associates; Plantation Lane Moonscape

Moon sections © Arup Associates 

"ONE GIANT STEP FOR PUBLIC ART!"

JAY MERRICK, ARCHITECTURE CORRESPONDENT, THE INDEPENDENT 

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane Galleria Screen

Galleria Screen © Arup Associates 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"An adventurous Challenge to the imaginations of those who pass along this fillet of the city of London's Public realm.. It injects not just a spirit of place, but spirit of new place."

JAY MERRICK, ARCHITECTURE CORRESPONDENT, THE INDEPENDENT

PLANTATION LANE

CREATIVE COLLABORATION

Instead of commissioning art at the end of the project, we worked with artists and designers from the very start.

Simon Patterson, 1996 Turner Prize nominee, was a natural partner. His interest in combining visual and textual references formed the basis of designs where light, art, architecture and language all merge seamlessly.

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane

Photograph of Plantation Lane © Christian Richters 

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane Stainless Steel Fixing Brackets

Detail of stainless steel fixing bracket © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane Le Match des Couleurs

Le match des couleurs © Simon Patterson 

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane Pavement Lettering

Plantation Lane lettering on the pavement © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane LED Colour Changing Moon Image Lighting

LED lights change the background of the moon image over time © Arup Associates 

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Plantation Lane Landskip

Landskip © Simon Patterson 

Plantation Lane Name Paintings

Name Paintings © Simon Patterson 

Plantation Lane Name Paintings

Name Paintings © Simon Patterson 

PLANTATION LANE

AN ETHEREAL CONNECTION TO THE PAST

The central point of the design is a glass screen, 41 metres long and six metres high.

An image of the moon covers the whole wall, with LED lights changing the background colour over time.

In an area that has gone through dramatic changes throughout history, the moon is a symbol of constancy, a reminder of our connections to the past.

 

 

 

 

 

PLANTATION LANE

HISTORY BENEATH YOUR FEET

Beneath the screen, a collection of texts are laser cut into the stone pavement. Each curve represents a different timeline through London’s history, charting events and miscellanea, from the great plague to the hierarchy of the Freemasons.

Whether you follow a timeline from start to finish, or dip into the stream of words for a taster of the area’s history, a stroll through Plantation Lane provides the perfect antidote to commercialised public spaces.

Quiet, peaceful and inspiring, it’s a chance to reflect on the past before you rush back into the present.

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane Pavement Lettering

The typeface 'Univers 55 Oblique' was used for all the characters © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane Jura Limestone Lettering

Bed 16, origin of the Jura Limestone used in the lettering of Plantation Lane © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane Water Jet Cutting

Water jet cutting process © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane Pavement Lettering

Completed Text © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane During Construction

Work in progress December 2003 © Arup Associates 

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane Pavement Lettering

Lettering on the floor of Plantation Lane © Christian Richters 

Arup Associates; Plantation Lane Interior Screen

Screen interior © Christian Richters 

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Plantation Lane Moonscape

Moon elevation © Arup Associates 

Plantation Lane Model

Models of Plantation Lane © Arup Associates 

PLANTATION LANE

CLIENT: BRITISH LAND COMPANY PLC
ART AND ARCHITECTURAL CONCEPT: ARUP ASSOCIATES WITH SIMON PATTERSON
ENGINEERING: ARUP ASSOCIATES

Awards

2005 Lighting Design Awards, Exterior Category, Commended

Publications

"Plantation Lane: Time and Tide"; Edited by Paul Brislin

Related Links

Plantation Place
Plantation Place South