At the heart of the studio is a plaza designed to be a safe and robust space for staff to socialise and rest.
A layered planting design provides year-round seasonal interest, tree cover and edible plants and fruit. The plaza is split to create two distinct spaces with their own function and character, but the landscape proposals ensure continuity between these spaces through the soft and hard material palettes.
The west end is extensively paved to create a small events area, café breakout space and a welcoming guest entrance that is framed by a grid of trees, helping to focus views and soften elevations. Large planting beds provide enclosure to the space, breaking the large area up into a series of more intimate seating spaces for employees and guests.
The east end contains a large lawn space for large events such as outdoor cinemas, and is bound by ornamental planting and trees to enclose the space and soften views of adjacent built forms.
Image caption: A CGI view of the entrance to Sky Studios Elstree South. © BMD