9-11 high line

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James Corner Field Operations, with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, 2009


• A mile-and-a-half-long elevated park • Runs through the West Side neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen • Former freight railway built in the 1930s • Elevated 30 feet from ground level • Partnership between City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation and Friends of the High Line, a non-profit organization

Before the High Line: abandoned, unkempt, railway track remnants

Top: access from street level Bottom: sundeck and water feature

Ganesvoort Plaza, Ganesvoort and Washington Streets, southern terminus of the High Line


Design inspired by “agri-tecture”, seamlessly combining building and organic materials • Meandering concrete paths combined with plantings • Access points located every 2 - 3 blocks • Program includes an entrance plaza, outdoor amphitheater, water park, and fixed and movable seating • Planting design inspired by species growing on former rail tracks

After completion of Section 1, the High Line is highly successful Top: views of completed portions of Section 1

10th Avenue square: vista point and outdoor amphitheater


Top: railway remnants integrated into design plantings Middle: detail of seamless water fountain Bottom: reclined seating along rail track