Gensler’s floating park criticised by design council

The UK’s design council CABE has attacked a proposed kilometre-long floating park scheme for the Thames designed by Gensler.

The council’s review panel criticised the concept and visual appearance of the floating structure which, if approved by planners, would stretch from St Paul’s Cathedral to the Tower of London on the north bank of the Thames.

The River Park will have free entry and contain gardens, an events space, a lido and docking stations for river boats.

The idea won Best Conceptual Project and the overall Planning Excellence Award at the London Planning Awards. It was described by London mayor Boris Johnson as an “ingenious proposal”.

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