The High Line
The High Line

THE
HIGH
LINE

The High Line, in collaboration with James Corner Field Operations and Piet Oudolf, is a new 1.5–mile long public park built on an abandoned elevated railroad stretching from the Meatpacking District to the Hudson Rail Yards in Manhattan. Inspired by the melancholic, unruly beauty of this postindustrial ruin, where nature has reclaimed a once vital piece of urban infrastructure, the new park interprets its inheritance. It translates the biodiversity that took root after it fell into ruin in a string of site–specific urban microclimates along the stretch of railway that include sunny, shady, wet, dry, windy, and sheltered spaces.

Through a strategy of agri–tecture—part agriculture, part architecture—the High Line surface is digitized into discrete units of paving and planting which are assembled along the 1.5 miles into a variety of gradients from 100% paving to 100% soft, richly vegetated biotopes. The paving system consists of individual pre–cast concrete planks with open joints to encourage emergent growth like wild grass through cracks in the sidewalk. The long paving units have tapered ends that comb into planting beds creating a textured, “pathless” landscape where the public can meander in unscripted ways. The park accommodates the wild, the cultivated, the intimate, and the social.

  • View looking south
    View looking south
    View looking south
  • Aerial view looking South, prior to Phase III
    Aerial view looking South, prior to Phase III
    Aerial view looking South, prior to Phase III
  • View looking south from the Standard Hotel
  • Street view of the Sunken Overlook
  • Sunken Overlook over 10th Avenue
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  • Aerial view of Sunken Overlook over 10th Avenue
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  • 26th Street Viewing Spur
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  • Seasons on the High Line
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  • Chelsea tunnel
  • Sunbathers on 23rd Street Lawn
  • 22nd Street Seating Steps
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  • Phasing diagram
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Project information
Size (GSF)310000LocationNew York, United States
Milestones
Phase I Complete2009Phase II Complete2011Phase III Complete2014
Credits
Partner-in-ChargeRicardo Scofidio
Principal DesignerElizabeth Diller and Charles Renfro
Project LeaderMatthew Johnson
Team LeadersTobias Hegemann,Miles Nelligan,and Ben Smoot
Full TeamChiara Baccarini,Robert Condon,Hayley Eber,Trevor Lamphier,Gaspar Libedinsky,Jeremy Linzee,David Newton,Dan Sakai,Don Shillingburg,Flavio Stigliano,Brian Tabolt,and Dustin Tobias
External credits
James Corner Field OperationsLandscape Architecture and Urban Design
Piet OudolfPlanting Design
BuroHappoldStructural and MEP Engineering
Robert Silman AssociatesStructural Engineering and Historic Preservation
L’Observatoire InternationalLighting Design
PentagramSignage
    Photography by Iwan Baan,Julien Lanoo,Timothy Schenck,and Cameron Davidson