- Original design
- NEIHEISER ARGYROS, DS+R, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, 2019
The 2019 programme is now past. We will be launching the 2020 programme mid August 2020 (exact date to be confirmed)
The Tide brings to London an unrivalled outdoor experience in the city. This bold 3D landscape opens up the river, brings people together, gives us art to absorb, nature to enjoy and space to escape. Most importantly, it’s a place for everyone.
Visitors will experience the park from varying vantage points, from street level up to nine metre high elevated paths that weave through the site to plug into the existing network of leisure, art, and social life across neighbourhoods. Diverse programming along the way will act as islands that welcome the surges of commuters, visitors, cyclists and runners, while also providing intimate places of pause for contemplation, conversation, and people watching.
Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Neiheiser Argyros and landscape architects GROSS.MAX, their design for The Tide creates London’s first elevated linear park. Bridges between elevated timber decked ‘stepping stones’ planted with native trees and natural vegetation provide visitors and residents with platforms to pause, reflect and enjoy the surrounding views of the River Thames.
Evolving over the years, the finished 5km route will be twice the length of New York’s High Line and will adapt to each new Peninsula neighbourhood as they are built, weaving amongst the buildings. Its distinictive black and white stripe pattern creates a bold visual experience and sense of pace, the ‘ebb and flow’ of space between the social and cultural ‘islands’ encountered along The Tide reflecting the movement of the neighbouring river.
Joining the existing sculptures by Antony Gormley and Gary Hume on the Peninsula, The Tide features monumental artworks and design curiosities to explore along the route. Referencing the surrounding water, former resident of Greenwich Peninsula and iconic British artist Damien Hirst’s two sculptures Hydra and Kali (2015) and Mermaid (2014) from ‘Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable’ will be the first arrivals, with more of his work to follow. One of Britain’s most distinguished Pop artists, Allen Jones, has been commissioned to create a site-specific piece of artwork inspired by the context of The Tide. Unlike most public sculptures, which are designed to be viewed from the ground, Jones’ striking red 8-metre high sculpture Head in Wind is also designed to be seen from above, inviting viewers to interact with the sculpture from a whole new perspective.
Under the elevated walkway of The Tide is a boldly coloured installation by Morag Myerscough – Siblings illuminates The Tide’s arches with her signature super-graphics, whilst architectural duo Heather Peak and Ivan Morison of Studio Morison have sited their outdoor dining table, London’s longest at 27 metres, directly on the riverfront.
From walking, running, meditating, cycling and picnicking, the Tide is designed for Londoners short on space and craving peace of mind. The Tide creates an awe-inspiring yet relaxed natural environment that encourages visitors to linger. Surrounded by natural elements including Pines, Silver Birch, rippling wild grasses and the vast River Thames, the linear park takes you from open waterfront terraces to intimate pocket gardens to The Jetty – the Peninsula’s community learning garden“floating” on the river – where you can get involved and get green fingered. The Tide Clubhouse provides an exercise studio, juice bar, and showers and towels for runners whilst audio meditation points by BeBox along the route offering guided meditations that respond to the immediate natural surroundings, allowing visitors to tap in and tailor the use of The Tide for their own personal mental wellbeing.
For those wishing to extend their journey past the initial 1km of The Tide can continue along the temporary 3km waymarked route, which takes them around the Peninsula, and maps the future phases of the linear park.
Offering a new destination for riverside dining, The Tide is surrounded by informal dining options. From the family run Mama Fuego, providing quality organic produce, in-house bakery, distillery and ‘gastro-pub’ and all-day brunch menu in a sunken lounge around a cosy fire pit, to Ardoa, the latest concept from the Vinothec Compass team, offering high end cuisine with small plates from the Basque region. Executive Chef, Gary Robinson, will spearhead The Market Table, a new dining and deli concept.