The public roof garden at the top of 120 Fenchurch Street opened to the public on 15 February 2019. The garden is free and accessible via two public lifts from the central passageway. The building was commissioned in 2006 and Eric Parry Architects’ design is an entire urban block close to the City of London’s Eastern tower cluster. Landscaped by Latz + Partner and LUC the roof includes a water feature, a gently undulating promenade with City views and a pergola supporting 90 Wisterias. To link the roof garden to the ground level public passageway, a digital art installation was commissioned for the passageway soffit from artists Vong Phaophanit and Claire Obussier.
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Eric Parry Architects have just launched Volume 4 of the practice’s monographs and this documents work from 2003 to 2018. The launch took place in The Charterhouse on 11 February 2019 with the contributions from: Joseph Rykwert, who prefaced Volume 4 and Jay Merrick, who wrote the main text; as well as Edwin Heathcote, who wrote the main text of Volume 3, now released in a second edition; and also Anna Danby from Artifice, representing the publisher. The event was hosted by Eric Parry and welcomed interventions from the audience, namely from Peter Rees, Paul Finch and Patrick Lynch on the current state of planning in the UK and in particular in London. Projects include office buildings in 4 Pancras Square, One Eagle Place in Piccadilly, 7–8 St James’s Square and 10 Fenchurch Avenue, and a series of educational buildings including The Welding Institute in Cambridge, Wells Cathedral School and Brighton College Music Scholl. Volume 4 also travels across historical institutions at the heart of the city. Both Volumes 3 & 4 are now also available in a slipcase.
Eric Parry: Drawing is open to the public in Sir John Soane’s Museum from 20 February 2019. The exhibition brings together a selection of hand drawings and notebooks, covering more than four decades of architectural observation, design and construction, which are to be found among the permanent Museum Collection as well as the Exhibition Galleries. In the Foyle Space, a short film by Dirk Lindner and Alex Morgan documents the life of a drawing for 4 Pancras Square from the drawing board to the completed building. In the Picture Room, two large photographic prints of 4 Pancras Square and Fen Court are on display, visible also from the Monk’s Parlour the floor below. Accompanying the exhibition, the book Eric Parry: Drawing, published by Sir John Soane’s Museum, is available in April, with text by Owen Hopkins based on an interview with Eric Parry and also an essay by David Leatherbarrow.