First Images of the High Line 3 Revealed!
March 13, 2012
The “Spur”; All images: James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, via the NYTimes
At a crowded public meeting last night in Chelsea, landscape architect James Corner and architect Ricardo Scofidio presented the first renderings of the preliminary design for the High Line, Phase 3. The project, which is expected to be completed by 2014 at a cost of $90 million, will extend in several directions: the “Spur”, a new urban node hovering above the junction of 30th Street and 10th Avenue, complete with tiered seating arranged around an event space, will lead towards midtown; “Crossroads” will connect Phase 3 with Phase 2 and send visitors southward; and the “Interim Walkway”, a large half-loop of preserved train tracks and wild flora, will curve around the planned Hudson Yards complex, offering a vast panorama of the East River. Other new sections will include “Grasslands” and the an integrated passgeway that stretch that will weave in and out of a future tower and also bridge the current gap between the Eastern and Western Rail Yards.
Among other details discussed, such as the rubber treatment of beams for play areas and Scofidio’s dislike of the public restrooms required for Phase 3, the architects revealed a new, robust vocabulary of innovative “peel-up” prototypes which riff of the park’s original signature benches and which will include peel-up picnic tables, planters and even seesaws (!). The duo also introduced new design flourishes like a new sculptural spiral staircase that will add to the overall aesthetic experience of the park. Click through for more images!
Phase 3 of the High Line