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High Line Park, New York City

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An elevated freight rail line transformed into a public park

In 2003, a team consisting of the landscape architect James Corner with his office Field Operations, the architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the plant specialist Piet Oudolf won the international ideas contest “Designing the High Line”. Their concept included ponds and benches. Viewpoints should allow splendid views of the Hudson River, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Staircases and elevators – similar to those of interurban railway stations – were planned in regular distances. It was the planner’s objective to preserve the natural flora and wilderness which had developed over the years on the former freight train line. The rails should remain

visible in remembrance of the historical origin. In the meantime 210 plant species, including numerous shrubs and trees, thrive in a height of 5–9 m and a substrate depth of about 450 mm.

More than 20 million people have visited the High Line Park so far.
The lawn can be used for sunbathing.

The former elevated rail track in Manhattan has become the ultimate reference for roof landscapes in an urban setting. The High Line is now a designated “must see” attraction in many tourist guides of New York.

The rails should remain visible in remembrance of the historical origin.

Installation of the green roof build-up under the rails.

The concept included ponds and benches.

Staircases and elevators were planned in regular distances.

Out of the Line: The Roof Garden of the High Line, New York

The former elevated rail track in Manhattan has become the ultimate reference for roof landscapes in an urban setting. The High Line is now a designated “must see” attraction in many tourist guides of New York.

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