While we recently raved over the winning mushroom tunnel design
for the London High Line Competition, we can't help but give the runner up some love for their truly novel commuter swimming lane idea. Y/N Studio
proposed revamping the city's Regent's Canal
into a giant swim lane called the LidoLine
for people to stroke their way to work. The project explores the rehabilitation of the unused 8.6 mile waterway into a clean stream for backstrokers and free-stylers alike to take a new way to the office. As for those pesky winter months, the team envisions that the frozen lane could appeal to ice skaters as well.
The Mayor of London’s recent call for architects to design a High Line-inspired space saw designers scouring the city for under-used green plots. Y/N Studio took a strange yet extremely thoughtful route, focusing on the city’s enormous retired canal. The LidoLine would not only encourage city-wide exercise and traffic-friendly commuting, but would also revitalize the canal’s waterfront with lounge chairs, events, and corporate sponsored floating rafts and amphitheaters.
While the design didn’t win, its amazing to see the new and innovative ways designers are reinventing areas with what they already have.
+ Y/N Studio