Fans of New York’s ‘High Line’ park have some good news to celebrate. The hugely popular urban landscape, designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro in 2009, is due to be extended to twice the length of redundant railway line it currently occupies.
Through a masterful use of detail and materiality, the design pays homage to the signs of decaying industry that surround it. Concrete planks that allow grass to grow in between them are a poignant reminder of nature’s ability to reclaim the man-made and artificial. The new section, designed in collaboration with James Corner Field Operations, will interpret these ideas further and include a dense area of trees and shrubs chosen for their ability to grow in the shade of skyscrapers. A lounging lawn and a sitting area bordered by an empty billboard frame will also enhance the existing design, which elevates visitors above the bustling city below.
The park’s much-anticipated extension is due for completion in Spring 2011.
(images from Inhabitat)