Mushroom garden wins High Line inspired landscape competition with Mail Rail scheme

Fletcher Priest Architects has won a Landscape Institute/Mayor of London/Garden Museum competition with a scheme to transform the disused 'Mail Rail' tunnel under Oxford Street in London into an urban mushroom garden lit at street level by sculptural glass-fibre mushrooms.

The judging panel, which included Joshua David and Robert Hammond, co-founders of New York’s High Line, Dr Penelope Curtis, Director of Tate Britain, Mark Brearley, Head of Design for London, and leading landscape architects Kim Wilkie and Jo Gibbons also selected a runner-up and three highly commended designs from the 170 entries.

Runner-up was the Lido Line by [Y/N] Studio - a scheme which would insert a clean, safe ‘basin’ in London's the Regent’s Canal in which to swim the ‘Lido Line’ from Little Venice to Limehouse.  

Highly commended entries included:

  • Bridge-It by HTA.  An idea to unlock inaccessible transport corridors around the existing transport network – green linear parks built over, under and beside railway lines, opening up cycling and walking networks.
  • Barge Walk by Erika Richmond and Peggy Pei-Chi Chi.  A design to re-connect people with water via the creation of a linear park, farm and wetland on floating barges at the edge of Canary Wharf.
  • Bus Roots by Wynne James. An idea to make use of the many empty roof spaces of bus shelters to create raised gardens with sparrow colonies, insect hotels and miniature wildflower meadows.  Each bus shelter garden would be looked after by its local community, school or street.

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