An old disused elevated railway track back in the 90’s was transformed by Jacques Vergely and Philippe Mathieux1, into a public park. The park stretches 2.9 miles and connects Opéra Bastille to boulevard Périphérique1.
The park itself is very charming and appealing, one of the original railway conversion parks, now we see projects such as the High Line, that has quite a different characteristic. The Promenade feels more like your back garden, planting is more low key but beautifully executed.
From the road there are modern shop units installed under the train arches, which is a great piece of recycled (in the context of reuse – an exisiting structure, reduce – resources being used, recycle – produce new from old) architecture, but gaze a bit further up and you see tree branches and greenery poking over the top, causing the SGA radar to kick in.