Architecture has also had to reckon with the pandemic, rethinking the most famous places in a new way. The capital of the United Kingdom, London, is one of the first cities to move in this direction, questioning and rethinking its beautiful streets.
In fact, the architectural firm MVRDV has presented its latest project that will redefine the connection between Oxford Street and Hyde Park.
Oxford Street is in fact one of the streets of Europe and for this reason, it is useful to rethink it without distorting it in a more modern way.
“This project is a wonderful opportunity to give a boost to a highly recognizable place in London. It’s a place full of contradictions, and our project highlights that,” says Winy Maas, founding partner of MVRDV.
A project for the future but taking inspiration from the past, that’s the choice of the architects of the famous firm.
Marble Arch once marked the corner of Hyde Park, but in the 1960s new roads were added that turned the arch into a traffic island, disconnected from the rest of the park.
MVRDV’s design recreates a park-like landscape with grass and trees, and ‘lifts’ this recreated corner of Hyde Park to create a spectacular 25-meter-high viewpoint that gives visitors a panoramic view of Oxford Street and the park, and a new perspective on Marble Arch itself.
Sustainability as always is at the heart of the project, the scaffolding structure can, of course, be dismantled and reused, while the elements that make up its top layer – wood, soil, grass and trees – will all find new uses in nearby gardens and parks.
Find out all the photos and renderings of the new Oxford Street.