Royal College Of Art

The aim of our scheme was to metamorphose a dreary, dark and awkward internal court in the RCA into something green and memorable – to create a forest of ferns. Formed in the 1960s when the then new and very stylish buildings were thrown up, it is placed at the heart of the college and its artistic community. The new garden in intended to conjure images of primaeval England when she was, as Charles Dickens remarked in 1860, but a ‘steaming morass, covered with the rank tropical vegetation of the tree-fern groves’.