SOAS Japanese-Inspired Roof Garden

SOAS Japanese-Inspired Roof Garden
(Photo: Lynne Eva)


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The School of Oriental and African Studies has a small, modern Japanese-style roof garden, designed by Peter Swift and opened in November 2001 by the donor, Mr Handa.

The main features are a karesansui (dry landscape) with rocks, a chequerboard planting of lemon thyme alternating with grey pebbles, an engraved water basin and a raised platform for performances.

The garden's theme is ‘forgiveness' and it is a space for quiet contemplation and meditation.

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