High Line Park, New York City

More than 20 million people have visited the High Line Park so far.
project profile data
Area: length ca. 2,400 m
width ca. 9 to 18 m
Opening: Section 1: 2009
Section 2: 2011
Section 3: 2014
Architects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Landscape architect: James Corner, Field Operations
Contractor: Kelco Landscaping
System build-up: with Floradrain® FD 25-E
Project report

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.

  • Lawn with lots of people sunbathing
    The section 2 contains also a lawn which can be used for sunbathing.
  • Staircases leading up to the High Line
    Staircases and elevators were planned in regular distances.
  • The High Line with walkways and vegetated rails
    The rails should remain visible in remembrance of the historical origin.
  • Couple sitting on a bench
    Viewpoints and benches should allow splendid views.
  • People sitting on benches and children playing with water
    The concept also included water features.
  • Planted railways
    It was the planner’s objective to preserve the natural flora and wilderness