Selected from over 170 entries, twenty Green Infrastructure designs were shortlisted in a competition run by the Landscape Institute, Mayor of London and Garden Museum to find a new design for green space in the capital.
Inspired by New York’s High Line, which reclaimed a stretch of derelict railway to create a popular urban park, the competition generated radical and exciting ideas for bringing hidden, forgotten and abandoned places into use as new green public spaces. Entries include visions for transforming London's underground rivers, flyovers, bus shelters and disused tunnels, creating miniature woodlands, floating parks, subterranean mushroom gardens and green-clad office blocks.
The winner, runner up and three highly commended schemes are listed below. The shortlist of twenty is here.
The winning entry is
Fletcher Priest | Pop Down
Creates an urban mushroom garden lit by sculptural glass-fibre mushrooms at street level inside the ‘Mail Rail’ tunnels beneath Oxford Street.
[ Y/N ] Studio | The LidoLine
A channel in the Regent’s Canal makes it possible to swim the ‘Lido Line’ from Little Venice to Limehouse.
HTA | Bridge-It
Unlocking corridors around the existing transport network – green linear parks and cycling and walking networks built over, under and beside railway lines.
Erika Richmond and Peggy Pei-Chi Chi | Barge Walk
Connects people with water via the creation of a linear park, farm and wetland on floating barges at the edge of Canary Wharf.
Wynne James | Bus Roots
Roofs of bus shelters become raised gardens with sparrow colonies, insect hotels and miniature wildflower meadows.