Silence by Tadao Ando

Silence by Tadao Ando and Blair Associates

Clouds of mist erupt from the base of two trees in this London water feature designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

Silence by Tadao Ando

The trees sit in a raised granite-edged pool in front of the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair.

Silence by Tadao Ando

Atomisers hidden at the base of the trees create clouds of water vapour for fifteen seconds every fifteen minutes.

Silence by Tadao Ando

Glass lenses below the surface of the water contain fibre optics that illuminate the basin by night.

Silence by Tadao Ando and Blair Associates

The feature, which forms part of a wider project to upgrade the surrounding streets, was delivered in collaboration with UK architects Blair Associates.

Silence by Tadao Ando

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Silence by Tadao Ando

Photography is by Adrian Brookes.

Silence by Tadao Ando

Here are some more details from developer Grosvenor:


Mount Street unveiling marks completion of first phase of street improvement

Grosvenor is celebrating the end of the first phase of the property company’s £10million programme to improve key streets across its London estate in Mayfair and Belgravia. The ambitious project is being undertaken in partnership with Westminster City Council.

Silence by Tadao Ando and Blair Associates

‘Silence’, a new water feature designed by the Japanese architect philosopher Tadao Ando, will be unveiled at the event. The feature was jointly commissioned by Grosvenor and the Connaught hotel. The street improvements are based on the understanding that the space between buildings is as important as the buildings themselves. Ever-increasing traffic volume, and a mass of unnecessary signage and other ‘clutter’, have diminished the quality of London’s streets. The works aim to enhance the experience for all those who live, work and visit, particularly pedestrians. Unnecessary signage has been removed and pavements upgraded and extended, with two new pedestrian areas introduced to the street. The completion of the works on Mount Street follows a similar scheme on Elizabeth Street in Belgravia.

Silence by Tadao Ando

Commenting ahead of the Mount Street event Peter Vernon, Chief Executive, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, said: “With over 300 years experience of managing and developing property in Mayfair and Belgravia we recognise that places are about more than buildings. The appearance of streets, and the public space around buildings, is fundamental to the long-term success of the London neighbourhoods we manage. “Large-scale works like these require a long-term outlook but we can already see the results. This is only the first phase of our programme, plans for the next wave of projects are already well underway.”

Silence by Tadao Ando

The improvements to Mount Street and Elizabeth Street were delivered through an innovative funding arrangement. Westminster City Council invested the funds need to pay for the work with Grosvenor, a long-standing property owner in the area, delivering the improvements. After five years from completion of the works Grosvenor will make a refund to Westminster equivalent to the project cost.

Silence by Tadao Ando

Cllr Colin Barrow, Leader of Westminster City Council, said: “We are delighted with the works which will bring huge improvements to this historic part of the capital. Our innovative finance agreement means significant enhancements to local streets, roads and open spaces, with the council’s initial investment being reimbursed by the land owners, who will also benefit from a boost in the value of the area in the long term. It is particularly poignant that the fountain outside the Connaught Hotel bears a memorial to Sir Simon Milton, who as Leader of the council did so much to pioneer the joint working between the private and public sector that has brought such improvements to the city.”