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The Tide, an elevated park in London

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Located in the heart of the Greenwich Peninsula, The Tide is London's first elevated walkway. Designed by the architectural studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro, The Tide allows to walk nine meters above the ground, suspended between nature and art.

After New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Mexico City, Paris, Seoul, now also London has an elevated park.

It is called The Tide and Diller Scofidio + Renfro (the same who worked on the High Line in New York) is working on the project in collaboration with local architecture studio Neiheiser Argyros and landscape architecture firm Gross Max. The first section of The Tide, about 1 km long, was opened last summer amid the enthusiasm of the Londoners who were able to find refreshment in the shade of native trees (including silver birches and pines). Located in the heart of the Greenwich Peninsula (a district in the south-east of London, within the Royal Borough of Greenwich), The Tide once completed will have a loop route five kilometres long.

Accessible from various points, via stairs, ramps and an elevator, the path at high altitude allows you to experience views – from 9 meters high – on the River Thames and on the first works of the park’s contemporary art collection (which includes works by Damien Hirst, Anthony Gormley and Allen Jones), destined to grow in the coming years. The new park, is filled with things to do (even if you want to stay at the ground level) one can enjoy the shade produced by the suspended walkway, relax in the gardens, or experience a pleasant chat with friends in a pocket cafĂ©. The Tide project also includes the upcoming construction of a floating outdoor cinema and a gallery “projecting onto the water”, attractions that will be added to areas dedicated to sport, relaxation and aggregation.