Architect wants to extend Manhattan’s High Line Park into the sky

First, New York City’s High Line Park repurposed an abandoned elevated railway into a public park. That park sparked the renewal of buildings and revitalization of neighborhoods all along its path. And it reconnected lower Manhattan to Mid-Town in a whole new way.

Now, architect Bjarke Ingels is about to take the High Line from horizontal to vertical.

On February 8, 2016, developer Tishman Speyer unveiled the architect’s design for The Spiral, a 65-story, 2.85 million-square-foot office tower.

The tapering glass high-rise, to be situated where the High Line intersects with Hudson Boulevard Park in the new Hudson Yards district on Manhattan’s west side, will feature a continuous half-mile-long terrace level of hanging gardens that wraps the tower from base to summit.

This “ascending ribbon of green,” according to Ingels, will extend “the High Line into the skyline.”

Tishman Speyer—whose portfolio includes Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Building– says that it has secured more than $1 billion from investors for the project.

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