We developed 11 principles that formed the heart of a brief for Tonkin Liu.
In March, we introduced the design team and further tested these principles to the public and gathered feedback on what they meant to people, find out more here.
Grosvenor Square should be a square for London. It should be a beautiful garden; a natural haven within the city, engaging all the senses and evolving through the seasons – ensuring it has something special to offer all year round.
The design should include a place for everyone to enjoy the square: residents, visitors, tourists, workers and passers-by.
We should consider if there is an opportunity for more inclusive welcoming boundaries, while preserving the sense of haven experienced within the garden.
Visiting Grosvenor Square should be an ever-changing, rich experience that entices visitors to return time after time. Spaces that allow for a range of experiences should be provided, and we want these spaces to evolve at different paces.
The square should be able to accommodate a wide range of cultural and social activities as its identity evolves over time – but this must not dominate the experience or evolution of the garden.
The design should be created from durable materials of the highest quality that can be sustainably sourced and maintained. We recognise that management of the horticulture will be necessary but should ensure this is sustainable and not overly intensive.
The design should bring new life to the square through the addition of beautiful facilities including café, toilets and a sheltered external public space. The café should double up as support for other activities in the square.
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