UK capital re-purposes underground infrastructure as public green space.
Taking a cue from the popularity garnered from building New York City’s High Line Park from derelict railroad tracks, London has decided to transform abandoned city space into a green, public place.
The mayor of London, Landscape Institute and Garden Museum held a design competition that garnered 170 submissions, 20 short-listed entries, 4 runner-ups and a winning design called “Pop Down”, an underground walkway that re-purposes old mail-rail tunnels. Fletcher Priest, the design firm, will build urban mushroom gardens along the pathway, which will be lit by fiber-optics and sunlight filtered through sculptural glass-fiber mushrooms at street level. The tunnels are located under Oxford Street.
To see the 20 finalist designs and the winning entry, visit the Landscape Institute webpage.
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