Berol Link, London, UK

Centrally situated within a new build residential development on a former industrial estate in Tottenham Hale, North London, Berol Link is named after a historic pencil manufacturer once based on the same site.

Berol Link forms a stretch of public realm that not only provides a human scale tie between the two apartment buildings that flank its sides to the north and south, but also offers a calming link between the hustle and bustle of the nearby commuter hub into the green fields of the adjacent parks.

The landscape designer’s vision to create a tranquil space for passers-through and residents alike, was enhanced by a dpa scheme that includes carefully curated layers of lighting concealed within the soft and hard landscaping elements.

dpa have developed a bespoke catenary system complete with feature lamp shades that seemingly float above this secluded courtyard, and akin to traditional Chinese paper lanterns, providing a similarly warm glow of light.

The lanterns, resembling a pearl necklace,  give a soft and welcoming base layer of illumination to the space whilst creating distinctive pools of light which evoke the desire to tiptoe in between the banks of lush planting and seating.

Client: Long Harbour
Lead Contractor: Formation
Landscape Architect: Churchman Thornhill Finch
Catenary: Studiotech
Photography: Amphitype