The High Line is located in West Chelsea, one of the most coveted real estate districts of New York City Manhattan. The Highline Park itself is designed by the New York-based firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with James Corner and Piet Oudolf who worked on the landscape. It has since become one of the most celebrated public spaces in the city, attracting many high-profile architects to design around the area, including Rafael Vinoly, Isay Weinfeld, and Zaha Hadid. Here are our picks of famous New York buildings along the Highline.
1. The Eleventh – BIG
On 76 Eleventh Avenue, two twisting towers—dubbed the Eleventh, are taking shape along the High Line. Their design features gleaming window walls and challenging geometry to introduce views to all directions. Bjarke Ingles Group and HFZ Capital are responsible for the development which opens next year. They also worked with Friends of the High Line, a non-profit organization that maintains the High Line, to give back to the community by providing a pedestrian promenade that complements the elevated park.
2. 520 W 28th Street – ZHA
Zaha Hadid Architects developed this split-level residential project that adorns the north of the High Line. Its metallic façade is easy to spot, with a fluid language that visually bridges the split levels between the curtain walls. Additionally, it features laser-cut stainless steel trim that was welded in Philadelphia by craftsmen. It also occupies a significant role as one of the last projects that late Zaha Hadid worked on.
3. High Line 23 – Neil Denari
Los Angeles-based Neil Denari completed this project in 2009 and was commissioned by developer Alf Naman to design a slim and middle-rise building for the gentrified neighborhood. It is designed as a luxury condominium, one unit per each floor. The facades have different degrees of privacy and transparency depending on the direction, but the east facade looks sculptural with its diagonal trusses and receding and triangulated geometry.
4. Whitney Museum of American Art – Renzo Piano
The “Whitney” is located at the southern tip of the High Line (the Meatpacking District) and is designed by Italian architect and engineer Renzo Piano. It hosts a generous 50,000-square-feet of art and administration spaces as well as additional outdoor exhibition spaces that open up to the High Line. According to Piano, the architecture consists of “the cantilevered entrance, which transforms the area outside the building into a large, sheltered public space. At this gathering place beneath the High Line, visitors can see through the building entrance and the large windows on the west side to the Hudson River beyond.”
5. Chelsea Market – Irwin Cohen / Vandeberg Architects
The High Line runs through the Chelsea Market building. Originally a factory building for a biscuit company in the early 1990s, it was renovated and developed by Vandeberg Architects and Irwin Cohen into a market with restaurants, bars, retail shops, and supermarkets. The classic brick facade of the complex has been decorated over the years with artwork by artists and architects such as sculptor Mark Menin. Today, it is one of the city’s most visited up-scale tourist spots and destination for food lovers.
6. The Shed – Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Diller Scofidio + Renfro will be soon adding the Shed to their longstanding portfolio for the district. The Shed will open in spring next year, functioning as an arts center “dedicated to commissioning, producing, and presenting all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture,” according to DSR’s website. The eight-story building features a kinetic outer “shed” that glides to open up or close up the interior gallery space to the adjourning plaza. The shell is clad with translucent pillows of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), giving a sci-fi look to the already innovative concept.
7. IAC Building – Frank Gehry
The IAC Building has been recently designed by Frank Gehry, and it is home to the American Internet company InterActiveCorp. It is also the first ever project in the city by the famous deconstructivist architect. The concept divides the building into vertical sections, rendering a similar look to the sails of a ship. The facade is also treated to resemble icebergs, with a transparent skin blending slowly into an opaque white facade on the top.
8. The Standard Hotel of 13th Street – Ennead Architects
The iconic tower is elevated above a segment of the High Line via sculptural piers. It was designed by Todd Schliemann of the New York-based Ennead Architects. According to the firm’s description, the tower’s two slabs are “hinged to emphasize the building’s distinction from the city’s grid and its levitation above the neighborhood.” Also, the material choices are a critical response towards the character of New York City, with a palette of “poured-in-place, board-formed concrete, and water-white glass.” The hotel design boasts remarkable views towards the neighboring waters and urban landscape of the High Line and beyond.