London’s Royal Parks are signified by their formal wrought iron fences - beautiful but unequivocal boundaries between natural and built environments. Do these crisp edges hold nature back from spilling out into the busy surrounding streets, or protect it from the encroachment of development? What is clear is the physical and mental shift that occurs when people step over the threshold into a park - beginning with deep breath and the lifting of weight from one’s shoulders, the mind is eased by different sights, sounds and smells. A sense of freedom takes over that extends to a different and more experimental form of architecture.
Hyde Park is particularly synonymous with architectural experimentation and for the London Festival of Architecture 2019, the Property Sports Network invite you to explore the parks’ hidden architectural gems. Guests are invited to run and walk around the park in small groups, venturing off well-trodden paths to find their own way to places where they can hear stories about the parks’ past, present and future.