The High Line at the Rail Yards in New York has unveiled Diller Scofidio + Renfro's design concept for a section of the park known as the Spur. Extending across the intersection of 10th Avenue and West 30th Street, the Spur will feature a bowl-shaped structure that immerses visitors in nature. In its previous life, the section was a passageway for freight trains to carry mail to and from the upper-floor loading docks of the post office building.
Dense plantings such as broad-leaf woodland grasses, perennials, ferns, and snakebark maple and black tupelo trees will surround the bowl, the base of which features tiered seating. The result is a vegetated interior room accessible through various openings.
The High Line is targeting a full public opening in late 2014, with the Spur scheduled for completion one to two years afterward.
Renderings by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, courtesy of the City of New York