The Tide [Phase 1], by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Neiheiser Argyros

The Tide opened in July 2019, on Greenwich Peninsula, London.

I worked alongside the design and computation team within Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Neiheiser Argyros, as we jointly developed parametric geometric models that defined the forms of the elevated walkway ‘Islands’ and Bridges.

In parallel, I also created a series of synchronised parametric engineering models, that helped our team within AKT to carry out structural analysis and optimisation studies.

Prefabricating the Islands :

Images by AKT, Cimolai and Neiheiser Argyros.

On Site Assembly :

The completed project :

Many of these images come from Neiheiser Argyros’ excellent Instagram account – check it out here.

Overview of AKT’s work on The Tide :

Project Team :

Project Status: Built in 2019

Client: Knight Dragon
Designer (Lead): Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Designer: Neiheiser Argyros

Structural Engineer (Elevated Walkway): AKT II
Fabricator: Cimolai
Landscape Designer: Gross Max

Project Role: Computational Designer at AKT II

Publications :

· I co-authored a paper on this project for the publication Fabricate 2020: Making Resilient Architecture (2020 – UCL Press), called “The Tide [Phase 1]: Greenwich Peninsula, London“.

· This paper was co-written with Bryce Suite (Diller Scofidio + Renfro), Ryan Neiheiser (Neiheiser Argyros), and my AKT colleagues Emmanuel Verkinderen and Edoardo Tibuzzi.

· Read the paper online (for free) at the UCL publication website here.

Further Information :

· See more images and details on the Diller Scofidio + Renfro project page, and on the Neiheiser Argyros project page.

· There are other photos and details from the specialist steelwork contractor Cimolai here.

· See the great set of photographs taken by contractors JP Dunn here.

· A nice overview of the project’s advanced use of prefabrication and digital modelling is in this Building magazine article (behind a paywall though!).

· Link to Knight Dragon’s project page here.

· A related project: I also worked on a large-scale sculpture – Head In The Wind – by the artist Allen Jones, that is one of the landmarks along The Tide. More information here.