The Landscape Guide

Exchange Square

Exchange Square was created during the re-development of Liverpool Street Station and takes its name from the Broadgate Exchange building. Hanna-Olin were the landscape architects. The space is sufficiently enclosed on four sides to justify the name 'square' but has 'black holes' to the north and south. The southern black hole is formed by the arch of Liverpool Station. The spectacle is animated but the degree of physical protection required, presumably for security, prevents it being the focus of the space. There is sufficient stepped seating for a sports arena but the only action on the lawn is croquet. The water feature has a cascade onto rocks - but the arrangement of the rocks is post-modern anti-naturalistism. See also: Broadgate.


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Though interesting, the great arch of the station unsettles the space.

The terrace steps form a popular sitting area

A postmodern cascade