OXFORD STREET EAST GATEWAY
City of London
Vafiades Landscape Architect Inc.
Parterre Landscape Design Associates
Arthur Lierman Landscape Architecture
The gateway was built at the intersection of two major arterial roads near London’s airport to welcome athletes and visitors to the 2001 Canada Summer Games. The site’s wide-open agrarian context required a unifying intervention with scale and mass. The design involves a series of vertical stone piers arranged in arcing and descending compositions at each corner forming a circle that marks the intersection. The circular form, a universal symbol of welcome and inclusion, emphasizes a sense of entry and passage. The stone piers, set within a backdrop of honeylocust groves, are anchored by meadow-like plantings.