In the midst of the skyscrapers
and waterways of Canary
Wharf, Wardian London offers
an oasis of nature.
Comprising two iconic apartment towers with restaurants,
curated shops and stunning facilities, the vision is to create a
new address like no other, a haven of peace and beauty in
the heart of London.
The Wardian towers’ design has been inspired by the work of one
Londoner, the great explorer, botanist, and inventor, Nathaniel
A doctor by trade, he changed the world with his botanical glass
container, the deceptively simple-looking ‘Wardian case’, and
while contemporary renderings of that aesthetic are a defining
feature of Wardian, the influence goes beyond the mere visible.
The vision for Wardian is to take inspiration from his curiosity, his spirit of adventure and his sense of precision, and to create the
most exciting new development in the British capital.
One of the greatest innovators in Docklands’ history was Nathaniel
Bagshaw Ward (1761 – 1868), a local physician and keen botanist who
invented a method of transporting plant life across vast distances.
In 1829, Ward was studying a chrysalis in a sealed glass container
when he realised the cycle of condensation inside could be
reimagined as a miniature ecosystem.
His tightly-sealed glass terraria, known as ‘Wardian cases’, allowed
ships to preserve living specimens of the exotic plants they
encountered. The vessels could now return with them to the London
Docks, often after journeys that lasted several years.
Ward’s creation changed the world: London’s scientists were now
able to study tea from China, rubber from Brazil, and vegetation
from as far away as Australia.