4/09/2012

High Line Park's Third Phase Sets Tone for Neighboring Development


The Architectural Renaissance on Manhattan's lower west side has been undoubtedly spurred by the nations most popular adaptive reuse structure, the High Line Park.  Designed by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the planned third phase, which will wrap around the 26-acre Hudson Yards development, may be even more transformative than the first two phases.  The northern phase descends to the ground at 34th street with sweeping curves along the Hudson River.  This phases has the chance to set the architectural tone with a 13 million square foot blank slate controlled by Related Companies 'Hudson Yards development'.





Renderings of phase 3 show visitors walking on railroad track, a spiral staircase at 11th Avenue and 30th Street, a proposed amphitheater at 10th Ave and 30th Street, an sevel new furniture concepts that rise out of the paving mimicking the "peel up" benches of the first two phases.  A play space for children is also included.  Some parts of phase three may open as early as spring of 2014.  However, the timeline for construction is subject to fundraising and the timing of capital funding required by zoning.  So far, the organization has raised $38 million of the estimated $90 million needed to build phase three.