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Gensler to Break Ground on Floating Thames River Park for London

Posted By Molly Cotter On September 14, 2011 @ 8:00 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Green Building | 1 Comment

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The walkway will not only be environmentally friendly with lots of open outdoor space [2], but will also complement the culture of the city of London. Placed in the heart of the city, the long horizontal [3] park connects many landmarks that are otherwise located down diagonal and difficult to navigate streets. The pathway itself will become a tourist destination with its ferry service [4], lush gardens , dining areas and even an open-air swimming pool. [5]

Along the river park, visitors will also see anywhere from 5 to 8 pavilions that exemplify London [6]. One will be dedicated to green energy, with displays of sustainable architecture [7], food, and gardening. Another pavilion will be geared towards education, with museum information and a family learning center available for visitors. An innovation pavilion will also grace the walkway, showcasing London’s newest tech gadgets [8] and games, while the events pavilion will host concerts, operas [9], and special events.

After honoring the London river walk with the “Planning Excellence” award last year, Mayor Boris Johnson said, “The sheer beauty and design brilliance [10] of this structure will provide yet another amazing and unique attraction for the capital [11]. We will work… to ensure that one of the most famous and cherished waterfronts [12] in the world is enhanced for the benefit of our great capital.”

The structure is fast-tracked to be completed in time for next summer’s 2012 Olympic games [13]in London, where it is expected to be visited by nearly 10 million people.

+ Gensler [14]

Via World Architecture News [15]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/gensler-to-break-ground-on-floating-thames-river-park-for-london/gensler-river-park4/

[2] outdoor space: http://inhabitat.com/iphone-apps-to-help-you-enjoy-the-outdoors/

[3] horizontal: http://inhabitat.com/steven-holl-architects-win-coveted-2011-american-architecture-award-2011-for-their-horizontal-skyscraper/

[4] ferry service: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/last-surviving-ellis-island-ferry-transformed-into-historic-houseboat/

[5] swimming pool.: http://inhabitat.com/natural-swimming-ponds-ditch-the-chemicals/

[6] London: http://inhabitat.com/londons-metal-clad-town-hall-hotel-is-a-radical-reinterpretation-of-a-classic-building/

[7] sustainable architecture: http://inhabitat.com/design-green-awards-elevate-sustainable-architecture-in-california/

[8] tech gadgets: http://inhabitat.com/tech-to-help-green-your-shopping-spree/

[9] operas: http://inhabitat.com/sanzponts-busan-opera-house-boasts-a-gargantuan-green-roof/

[10] brilliance: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/drawings-for-jean-nouvels-shorter-moma-torre-verre-have-been-revealed/jean-nouvel-torre-verre2/

[11] capital: http://inhabitat.com/capital-growth-scheme-creates-2012-public-gardens-by-2012-for-london/

[12] waterfronts: http://inhabitat.com/crazy-vertical-garden-billboard-park-revitalizes-argentinian-city-waterfront/

[13] 2012 Olympic games : http://inhabitat.com/will-london-2012-be-the-green-olympics/

[14] + Gensler: http://www.gensler.com/

[15] World Architecture News: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=17530

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