Looks like The Tide is coming in…
Amongst the endless skyscrapers rising to the clouds, it’s easy to forget that London is a whopping 47% green space. That percentage is set to grow a little bit more this summer, as The Tide opens in July. A beautifully-designed linear park, it’ll soon be furnishing the Greenwich Peninsula with a prime spot for riverside sunset viewing, and here’s a sneak preview.
First things first (mostly because I had to Google it myself), a linear park is defined as being substantially longer than it is wide. This explains why you often find them on former railway lines (see also New York’s High Line and Sydney’s Goods Line) or alongside rivers and canals. The Tide, as you might infer from the name, is a prime example of the second, and when completed, it’ll be twice as long as the aforesaid High Line.
Indeed, developers have pulled in a fair amount of talent to make it happen, although the park won’t open all at once. The first kilometre of the five kilometre-long park is designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro (who are also in charge of London’s mooted concert hall) and Neiheiser Argyros, and will feature artwork from Damien Hirst, Allen Jones, and Morag Myerscough.
Native trees, grasses, and wildflowers will line a series of elevated walkways, which will take you as high as nine metres above ground level for sweeping river views. The bridges of The Tide will lead to planted ‘stepping-stones’ up in the air, and wooden sun loungers along the riverbanks will make for the ultimate in sunny day lazing.
There are also plans to bring “laid-back eateries” to The Tide, though it’s currently unconfirmed whether they’ll be opening as part of the first section this summer. And since festival season is underway, news of the free Turning Tides Festival – offering live music, art, film, and wellness – from July 5th-7th and 12th-14th is particularly welcome. An exact opening date is currently TBC, but it all sounds absolutely spiffing; we’re definitely getting swept up in The Tide…
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