Posted on 23/02/2021

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A new hill to be built in London for panoramic views to bring visitors back to the City Centre

In order to attract more visitors to London, a new temporary hill is set to be constructed this summer. It will provide a new perspective on Hyde Park and Marble Arch and provide panoramic views of the area.

In order to attract more visitors to London, a new temporary hill is set to be constructed this summer. It will provide a new perspective on Hyde Park and Marble Arch and provide panoramic views of the area.

Marble Arch Hill

Marble Arch Hill Sue Martin / 123RF

The Marble Arch was designed by John Nash in 1828. In 1951, it was moved from Buckingham Palace to Speaker's corner. Marble Arch Hill is a structure that is meant to redefine the connection between Oxford Street and Hyde Park, it will be 25 meters tall and will provide views over the park and Marble Arch. The initial idea was thought of by Westminster City Council in order to renew interests in the area as a result of the strict measures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The structure is designed by MVRDV and its base is made out of scaffolding that will support the plywood and soil layers needed for the grass and trees to grow. The hill will be specially designed to be able to grow trees to make it as park-like as possible.

Bringing visitors back

Bringing visitors back Vladislav Zolotov / 123RF

To reach the view point at the top, you will walk up a winding path that starts from the southern side of the hill. To go back down, you will go through the inside of the hill, which is a hollowed out space that will eventually be used for events and other activities - when they're allowed again. The designers say that the goal of this project is to enlarge Hyde Park and lift it at the corner, but also to strengthen the link between Oxford Street and Hyde Park through Marble Arch.

"This project is a wonderful opportunity to give an impulse to a highly recognisable location in London," says MVRDV founding partner, Winy Maas. "It's a location full of contradictions, and our design highlights that. By adding this landscape element, we make a comment on the urban layout of the Marble Arch, and by looking to the site's history, we make a comment on the area's future."