Diller Scofidio + Renfro is well into the process of building a new linear park, this time in London’s Greenwich Peninsula — making it the city’s first riverfront linear park. Dubbed as “The Tide”, the 5-kilometer park will link cultural and social attractions across the peninsula. DS+R was commissioned to design the project back in September 2015, and the first phase is scheduled to open to the public on July 5.
Designed with architecture practice Neiheiser Argyros, the park is an elevated and ground-level walkway with programming split across both levels, resulting in a layered network of recreational, cultural, social, and wellness activities.
The first phase of The Tide will be 1 kilometer long and comprise a linear public walkway featuring installations by renowned artists, elevated gardens, pocket cafes, and a promontory overlooking the Thames.
Each of the five “islands” in the network is defined by unique landscaping of trees and plants designed by GROSS.MAX. “These elevated gardens are designed as clusters of structural supports that create elevated planter beds, containing soil and channelling both gravity loads and water down to the ground,” DS+R describes. Landscaping was completed last month.
“The sculptural structure supporting The Tide gardens above also frames and shelters the path below, creating arched pavilions that mark thresholds and passages at the ground level public realm,” the firm adds.
Construction for future phases of The Tide are currently scheduled to begin in August.