The High Line

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The High Line

Designed in collaboration with James Corner Field Operations and Piet Oudolf, The High Line is a 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 micro-climates along the stretch of railway that include sunny, shady, wet, dry, windy, and sheltered spaces.

Agri-tecture

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.

The Spur

The Spur, the last section of the High Line that extends east along 30th St. and terminates above 10th Ave., uniting the park with Hudson Yards. It features a large-scale plaza for public programming and art, areas for seating and gathering, and two oversized "tilted" planters that features a lush, immersive woodland environment.

  • 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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  • The Spur aerial
  • The Spur walkway
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Project information
Size (GSF)310000LocationNew York, United States
Milestones
Phase I Complete2009Phase II Complete2011Phase III Complete2014
Spur Complete2019
Credits
Partner-in-ChargeRicardo Scofidio
PartnersElizabeth Diller,Charles Renfro,and Benjamin Gilmartin
Project LeaderMatthew Johnson
Team LeadersTobias Hegemann,Miles Nelligan,Ben Smoot,and Trevor Lamphier
Full TeamChiara Baccarini,Robert Condon,Hayley Eber,Gaspar Libedinsky,Jeremy Linzee,David Newton,Dan Sakai,Don Shillingburg,Flavio Stigliano,Brian Tabolt,Dustin Tobias,and Alex Knezo
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,Timothy Schenck,Cameron Davidson,Julien Lanoo,Liz Ligon,and Iwan Baan