The Fire Station, South London Gallery, Peckham
Non Morris was delighted to win a competitive bid to design the planting for the South London Gallery Fire Station , an elegant annexe to the main SLG Gallery designed by 6a architects from the oldest surviving purpose-built fire station in London. The SLG Fire Station was opened in September 2018 and won RIBA London and National Awards, 2019.
The challenge was to design a garden in the narrow slip of land at the back of the spacious new entrance hall that would intrigue visitors from the moment they stepped into the gallery.
At the centre of the scheme is the mimosa, Acacia pravissima, a wonderful evergreen tree which develops a slightly wild-limbed, semi-weeping shape made up of slender stems lined with curious triangular leaves. In early spring the tree becomes a haze of tiny yellow flowers. The supporting planting is simple and elegant in a restrained palette green, white and yellow.