Fletcher Priest has won the international competition to design a High Line for London
The winning scheme uses hidden ‘mail rail’ tunnels beneath Oxford Street to create an underground experience - a mushroom farm with daylight via glass-fibre mushrooms at street level.
The practice beat off shortlisted rivals including Jerry Tate Architects, Atkins, Bell Philips Architects, and Hassell in the contest inspired by New York’s High Line park - formerly an elevated train line.
Y/N Studio came runner up, for Lido Line, a scheme which proposed to insert a swimming lane along the Regents Canal.
Three designs were recognised as highly commended; Bridge It by HTA, Barge Walk by Erica Richmond + Peggy Pei-Chi Chi and Bus Roots by Wynne James.
The winning scheme was announced by London mayor Boris Johnson as part of a High Line Symposium at the Garden Museum in Lambeth.
Run by the Landscape Institute, the mayor of London and the Garden Museum, with the AJ as media partner, the contest received 170 entries from around the world including proposals from the USA, China, Brazil, Egypt, India and Israel.
Judges were impressed by the ‘diversity and vision’ of the entries to the competition to enhance the capital’s green infrastructure, inspired by New York’s High Line.
The winner receives £2,500 and the runner-up £500.
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