Location: New York City, USA [MAP]
Designer: Field Operations, Diller Scofidio & Renfro and Piet Oudolf
Project Type: Public Garden, Industrial Landscape, Detail
Completion Date: 09.06.2009, the first section is opened, work is still ongoing.
Access: By foot – SGA recommends starting at one end of the High Line, so that you don’t miss out on any of it, however there are staircases and lifts along the mile long stretch, so plenty of access opportunity.
The High Line is a world-renowned piece of Landscape Architecture, a former first story railway train, that has been converted into a public garden. If you visit New York, it is a must see. The planting by Piet Oudolf is beautiful and so enchanting, weaving its spell along the mile of converted railway. Now the High Line itself is a lesser secret, however the details that have been incorporated should be noted and celebrated as they are one of the reasons for its success, particularly the social spaces it caters for.
Benches peel up from the paving, planting protects the back and it faces the views onto the city, great for groups or individuals to casually pause for a moment.
Clusters of small colourful tables and chairs can be found, in a slightly more secluded spot, between two planting strips. It is fully visible but feels a more private and intimate space.
Then comes an undercover portion. It provides shelter from the elements, and seems the natural space for a farmers market to emerge, mixed with artisan food stalls, independent artists and craft sellers. http://www.thehighline.org/about/high-line-food
The High Line celebrates the New York cityscape by creating dramatic pausing places to view the long streets. The zig-zag wooden boarded seating perhaps the most famous, which is wheelchair friendly and frames the view down 25th Street.
The mixture of intimate and sociable spaces is really great and enriches the High Line experience.