Friends of the High Line unveiled yesterday the preliminary designs for converting the old elevated rail to a public space. Created by Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the designs are focused on the first stretch of the project-- Gansevoort Street to W 15th Street in Manhattan.
The intent is to keep it simple, wild, quiet and slow. Finding quiet in NYC is pretty impossible for an outdoor space, but the simple, wild and slow aspects are well achieved in this concept. I'm really glad to see the current overgrowth of the High Line is embraced (and manicured). The entrance at Gansevoort Street will be a lovely modernist glass box, and the whole point of the space is to stroll above the frenetic streets below. So far, so good. Let's see how the design evolves.
Plenty more pictures at the new FHL Design Site.