O’sheas, Shoreditch, London 2023
NAO Landscapes was delighted to be involved in this project which encompasses residential, office and retail space.
Resin bound surfaces
Metal edging corten steel
The outdoor space has many uses – work, rest and play – and so the hard and soft landscaping needed to be accommodating to everyone.
Play areas were fun to design and install and incorporated rubber-crumb resin which is perfect for this kind of setting as it has some give and can be colourful. We used a combination of timber and concrete benches: timber evokes nature whilst concrete is modern and in keeping with surroundings. The steps worked alongside the benches creating a community-orientated campus feel to the area.
While the timber benches evoke nature, the soft landscaping is the real thing. Around the play area, foliage with texture was planted to add interest to little ones while walls were planted with coverage such as ivy. These climbers help to soften the sharp edges of buildings and give the impression of age and longevity.