‘Mushroom garden’ offers tunnel vision for a greener London – CNN.com

CNN) — London’s abandoned rail and tube lines have been put to many novel uses down the years functioning as bomb shelters, impromptu party venues and film sets for Hollywood movies.

But a new idea to create a mushroom garden in a tunnel beneath Oxford Street is perhaps one of the more unconventional attempts to breathe new life into the UK capital’s forgotten subterranean murk.

“Pop Down” imagines a section of the defunct “Mail Rail” tunnel — a narrow gauge railway used for transporting mail around London which closed in 2003 — being repurposed as a mushroom farm and pedestrian walkway lit at street level by glass-fiber, mushroom-shaped sculptures.

Its creators, London-based Fletcher Priest Architects, say underground tunnels provide the ideal environment for an urban mushroom farm and could supply pop-up “Funghi” cafes at the tunnel’s entrance and exit.

via ‘Mushroom garden’ offers tunnel vision for a greener London – CNN.com.

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