London’s Take on the High Line: The Promenade of Curiosities


It won’t be elevated like New York’s High Line, but London’s planned Promenade of Curiosities will be just as quirky.

The green promenade, which will snake through Vauxhall, a neighborhood home to M16, Britain’s famed Secret Intelligence Service, and a new U.S. Embassy now under construction, will feature temporary and permanent art installations, gardens, intimate performance stages and other welcome distractions.

The winners of the design competition are London-based Erect Architecture and J&L Gibbons.

From Erect Architecture: “Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens inspired our Promenade, a route between attractions. The Promenade is about seeing and being seen, at day and at night. We drew on the concept of a Cabinet of Curiosities, a wonderful collection of curious things, in reference to John Tradescant, father of the English Cabinet of Curiosities, who is buried in the graveyard of what has since become the Garden Museum (the northern point of the Missing Link).”

From the competition sponsors: “Vauxhall One has high ambitions. We plan to challenge perceptions of Vauxhall, by improving connectivity and rebuilding a sense of place. In New York the High Line has shown what can be achieved with a sculptural trail and linear urban park. Vauxhall also has an opportunity to create an outstanding new addition to the urban environment.”

More on London’s Promenade:

Phaidon: Is this what’s in store for London’s High Line?

DeZeen: Green Promenade to Provide London’s Answer to New York’s High Line

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