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High Line: diller scofidio + renfro

06 May

b+w high line

Everyone in New York is talking about the High Line.  And for once they’re not referring to that chopped-up white powder on the bedside table.  Thanks to the great work of grassroots organisation Friends of the High Line, the first stage of this exciting project is due to open in just a few weeks.

Designed by diller scofidio + renfro (who have the best website ever), this  massive project sees the restoration of a historical 1.5 mile railway line snaking its way through New York’s Meatpacking district.  Hotel god Andre Balazs has opened a branch of The Standard above the tracks (below)

Never mind that the French did it over 10 years ago – this is a real asset in a space-starved city.

the standard exterior

under standard

original high line

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