ENTRANT SEPTEMBER 2012: Highline For London Competition
A Competition run by the Landscape institute exploring potentials for adding new green infrastructure into greater London. The brief is open allowing teams to
propose interventions in any part of London that enhance this green infrastructure and respond to the particularities of the site but are open enouggh to be applied to other conditions.
A New piece of green infrastructure that is designed to bridge between Hyde Park/ Green Park, allowing people to seamlessly wander between parks via a new linear park that exists at both high level and beneath the walkways. The scheme seeks to integrate growing elements in manmade structures. The inspiration for this approach is two fold one hand inspired by the quality of walking along a tree covered street where the trees form a dynamic patterns of light and shade changing through out the day. The other is the relation to nature shown in landscape paintings of Turner, Lorrain and Poussin these works often show pastoral landscapes and a seamless integration of greenery city and architecture into a harmonious whole.
It represents a kind of urban intervention taken from 18th and 19th century town planning.
The chosen site, is highly prominent and historic site, care has been taken to avoid interacting with key vistas from Constitution Hill.
Beneath the multileveled gyratory is the access to Hyde Park Corner and a network of subterranean pedestrian passageways one aim of the new line is to create new accesses to the station and liberate people from walking in often dark and unsafe underground passageways.
The key aspects of the design have been informed by the local context The principals of the raised routes are flexible and could be applied in a greater or lesser extent in a number of locations. The sizing coverage of the could be adapted and the column spacing/ sizes adapted to other junctions parks.