We’re Bowled Over by James Corner Field Operations’s Plans For the High Line

City Terrain, East
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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A large, green bowl, dubbed the Spur, will float above the intersection 10th Avenue and 30th Street as part of the final phase of the High Line(Image James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro / Courtesy the City of New York)

A large, green bowl, dubbed the Spur, will float above the intersection 10th Avenue and 30th Street (Image James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro / Courtesy the City of New York)

This week, Friends of the High Line revealed the design concept for the third and final section of the High Line with a tantalizing set of renderings from James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Beginning at the intersection of 10th Avenue and West 30th Street, the latest addition, known as the High Line at the Rail Yards, will wrap westward around Related Companies’ impending Hudson Yards mega-development before culminating on 34th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues.

The lush interior of the Spur (Image James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro / Courtesy the City of New York)

The lush interior of the Spur (Image James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro / Courtesy the City of New York)

The highlight of Phase 3 is undoubtedly the large, tree-lined amphitheater that will float above the 10th Avenue and 30th Street. Dubbed the Spur, the lush, verdant bowl will offer an intimate, semi-enclosed seating area and public restrooms, while serving as a gateway to Hudson Yards and the High Line’s final stretch. The whole project, estimated to cost $76 million, is scheduled to open to the public in late 2014, though according to the Friends of the High Line, we may have to wait another year or two for the Spur.

Located at the widest section of the elevated park, the Spur will provide an immersive woodland environment just a few blocks from the heart of Midtown. Encircled by wood-be forest of Snakebark maples, black tupelo trees, ferns, perennials and woodland grasses, the space will contain tiered seating amidst a lush, urban wilderness. Combing skyward views of Hudson Yard’s forthcoming skyscrapers with James Corner’s signature naturalism, the Spur will offer what is sure to be a truly unique park experience.

View of the Spur looking West along the High Line (Image James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro / Courtesy the City of New York)

View of the Spur looking West along the High Line (Image James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro / Courtesy the City of New York)

Friends of the Highline have committed to raise $36 million, culled form private donations, for the final stage of the the park. Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group, as part of their Hudson Yards development, are on board to contribute $29.2 million to the project’s construction and continued maintenance, while the Bloomberg administration and City Council allocated $11 million in capital funding.

The Spur in autumn(Image James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro / Courtesy the City of New York)

The Spur in Autumn (Image James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro / Courtesy the City of New York)

Phase 3 of the High Line will wrap around the West Side Rail Yards, soon to be the home of the massive Hudson Yards development, before terminating on 34th Street (Courtesy Friends of the High Line)

Phase 3 of the High Line will wrap around the West Side Rail Yards, soon to be the home of the massive Hudson Yards development, before terminating on 34th Street (Courtesy Friends of the High Line)

Once complete, the High Line will extend form Gansevoort to 34th Street, tying together the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen (Courtesy Friends of the High Line)

Once complete, the High Line will extend form Gansevoort to 34th Street, tying together the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Hudson Yards (Courtesy Friends of the High Line)

One Response to “We’re Bowled Over by James Corner Field Operations’s Plans For the High Line”

  1. Howard Monath says:

    The High Line doesn’t come anywhere near Hell’s Kitchen.

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