Diller Scofidio + Renfro unveils design of linear park in London

13 May 2019 (Last Updated May 13th, 2019 12:55)

US-based design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro has unveiled its design of a linear park that will run alongside the River Thames in London, UK.

US-based design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro has unveiled its design of a linear park that will run alongside the River Thames in London, UK.

It collaborated with Neiheiser Argyros and landscape architects GROSS.MAX for the Tide linear park, which will feature public art installations and natural vegetation for people to walk and run.

The first 1km of the linear park will open on Greenwich Peninsula in July.

The Tide will feature a 5km-long landscape and 9m-high walkways.

Greenwich Peninsula Director Kerri Sibson said: “The Tide brings to London an unrivalled outdoor experience in the city.

“The design of The Tide seeks to embed a new public realm into the daily rhythms of Greenwich Peninsula by layering together its currents of activity into a thickened landscape.”

“This bold 3D landscape opens up the river, brings people together, gives us art to absorb, nature to enjoy and space to escape. Most importantly, it’s a place for everyone.”

Diller Scofidio + Renfro partner-in-charge Benjamin Gilmartin said: “The design of The Tide seeks to embed a new public realm into the daily rhythms of Greenwich Peninsula by layering together its currents of activity into a thickened landscape. Visitors will experience the park from varying vantage points, from street level up to 9m-high elevated paths that weave through the site to plug into the existing network of leisure, art, and social life across neighbourhoods.

“Diverse programming along the way will act as islands that welcome the surges of commuters, visitors, cyclists and runners, while also providing intimate places of pause for contemplation, conversation, and people watching.”

Visitors to the park can enjoy sunken gardens, giant sculptures and timber-decked stepping stones with native trees. Once the park is open, it will be open to all.