Advertorial: Putting down roots in Canary Wharf: We explore the design behind Wardian London’s botanically-inspired duplex penthouses

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A wraparound terrace on a Wardian London penthouse

Two new towers are set to join the shimmering skyline of Canary Wharf, but unlike the others, they won’t just be a vision in glass and steel. Sprouting from their many balconies will be a plethora of plants and greenery, creating an oasis in the sky.

This is the concept that’s drawing buyers to live at Wardian London, a collection of luxury apartments by EcoWorld Ballymore, that combines modern architecture with innovative landscaping in one of the city’s most lucrative business districts. Situated on Marsh Wall in the Docklands, the offices, shops, bars and restaurants of Cabot Square are only a three minute walk away over the South Quay Footbridge. The buildings themselves, designed by Glenn Howells Architects, will rise to 50 and 55 storeys over South Dock with incredible views over Canary Wharf and the City.

Inspired by botanicals and the legacy of Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward, who created the Wardian case to transport exotic plants from the furthest corners of the Empire back to the UK, every communal space from the atrium to the residents’ swimming pool will sprout with over 100 different species of exotic plants.

For time poor or less green-fingered Londoners, there’s the Wardian Gardener, an indoor and outdoor gardening service that offers a number of plant options completely tailored to the level of maintenance required by the resident.

The view from a Wardian London penthouse

And there is surely nobody who will need their restorative power more than the high-flying, high-profile purchasers of the duplex penthouses, of which there are four three bedroom and four two bedroom apartments in the West Tower, and three two bedroom and one three bedroom residing in the East Tower.

Huw Morgan, the landscape architect working on the penthouses, says each of their covered terraces will “create stylish gardens in the sky, with a mixture of potted plants and surface trays to create a true oasis in the middle of east London’s beating heart.”

The penthouse interiors, too, reflect Wardian London’s uniquely green credentials. EcoWorld Ballymore has commissioned a specialist bespoke team of designers to draw inspiration from its unique eco-concept. They foster a strong connection between the inside and the outside, so that when all the windows are opened up, the space and the colours transition from the external space to the internal seamlessly.

Using an earthy colour palette with natural organic materials, traditional craft techniques were used to give the decor an artisan’s touch. Expect to see lots of unlacquered marble, stone and brass, as well as raw, shaved, organic timber to lend a hand-finished feel to the interiors. With the first residents due to move in during 2019, these are the homes that are sure to turn Canary Wharf’s commuters green with envy.

Penthouses at Wardian London start from £1.85m.
To register your interest for the penthouse launch on 27 April, visit or call 0800 404 8855

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