We are delighted to announce that our 'Blooming London' entry to the London Festival of Architecture's 'Caring for Cyclists' competition was named a joint winner alongside landscape architects Xanthe Quayle!
Inspired by the poppies of The Tower of London and the sunflower fields of the Tour De France, we proposed to plant London’s streets with recycled Tulips. They will gently sway forwards and backwards in the wind and provide a visual barrier between cyclists and motor traffic. They will form a winding path of colour and delight for all road users and will enrich London’s streets throughout the year. At night tulip heads will reflect lights and glow gently from an LED light, powered from a small solar cell.
The competition entry board contained a QR code link to the animation illustrating how the origami tulips would line the cycle lanes of London's roads providing lightweight segregation between road users.
Each Tulip will be made from recycled and upcycled plastic, including from recycled PPE. The Tulips are easily assembled from this kit of recycled parts. At night the tulip heads will reflect lights and glow gently from an LED light, powered from a small solar cell.