Former Ticket Office Windows – London Underground
St James’s Park – Belsize Park – Wood Green – Kilburn Park
Transport for London
As part of their station ambience programme, Transport for London’s Design and Communities team presented us with a brief to transform former ticket office windows into green and engaging spaces. Our solution was to create mirrored grow units that offer views into Tiny Parks.
Having embarked on the project in 2016 we’ve now grown the network. In July 2021 we refreshed all the units as part of TfL’s ‘Welcome Back’ post covid campaign. It was wonderful to rediscover the staff at the stations interact with and appreciate these Tiny Parks. In Wood Green Station a staff member themes the units according to the seasons with additions such as hanging bulbs for Christmas or displaying their own artworks. Belsize Park features its own handmade bamboo leaf grasshopper donated by a passenger. Kilburn Park's units are lovingly taken care of by a dedicated member of staff. In October 2021 we’ll refresh St James’s Park units with a whole new spectacular display of unusual succulents.
So why create these Tiny Parks? Green infrastructure need not stop as you enter a building. Most urban dwellers spend 80% of their time indoors. The introduction of plants and the biophilia that comes with this can have a significant positive impact on those that live, work and play in that space. It seems that even a glimpse of these little gardens can bring smiles to faces. Something to surprise and delight in a most unusual setting.
We now have 9 Tiny Parks in former London Underground ticket office windows. They can be found at:
St James’s Park x 2
Belsize Park x 1
Wood Green x 3
Kilburn Park x 3
As part of this work, we are developing the concept for various public sector and commercial interior settings, as well as of course, continuing to grow the network with Transport for London.
Listen to the interview Mak Gilchrist did with James Wong for BBC Gardeners' Question Time on the link below: