Wimbledon 2008 will be remembered for the epic battle played out between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the longest-ever final in the history of The All England Club. Away from the headlines (but no less spectacular), the 2008 Championship also saw the unveiling of the penultimate phase in the AELTC’s three-year development programme. This programme featured dramatically-enhanced and extended hospitality areas within the new Centre Court Stadium using Venice cube planters from IOTA.
Common exterior planting was required to help unify the look from the stadium entrance through various new bar and restaurant facilities. The solution chosen was IOTA’s Venice Planters – a distinctive new range of pots & planters in lightweight composite material.
Venice cube planters are modern urban without being hard-edged and their shade of warm grey complemented the perfect vaulted steel frame of the Debenture Holders Entrance.
The large cubes selected were of a scale appropriate to the architecture, as their shape mirrored the large recessed glass wall behind. The choice of pots were extended beyond the Debenture Holders Entrance into the surrounding public areas, such as the terrace up to the Wingfield Restaurant.
Within the Centre Court Stadium itself, smaller Venice Cube 500 were used to visually link the entrance with other exterior spaces – such as The Gallery Terrace and The Roof Top Bar, where Venice’s cool sophistication worked perfectly with the modern steel and glass railings.
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