James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro released designs for a third and final phase of the High Line in NYC yesterday. The designs mix enough new ideas into the familiar trope of the elevated walkway weaving between high rises and native plants to ensure that the final extension of the High Line will not disappoint.
According to a post from Architizer, the third phase includes several components: “Spur,” which includes a tiered arena above the junction of 30th Street and 10th Avenue; “Crossroads” which connects Phase 3 with Phase 2; and “Interim Walkway,” a half-loop of preserved train tracks and wild flora, offering the types of views of the East River only available to the High Line.
Some of the best idea-provoking moments on the High Line are the many interactive features that invite visitors to radically rethink the flexibility of uses available in the public sphere. New “peel ups” on Phase 3 include picnic tables, planters, and seesaws—exciting and thoughtful expansions on the signature benches, performance space, and water features of the earlier sections.
The Friends of the High Line and the city of New York expect the new section to open to the public by Spring of 2014 with a $90 million price tag.
British Designer Tom Dixon is familiar to those who like their light fixtures suspended and sleek, but his latest production makes a groundbreaking addition to his product line by intricately networking 60 irregular pentagons. The Etch Web, as it’s called, opens and complicates the ideas first generated by the Etch Light Brass—and to good effect. According to a recent FastCo Design post, the Etch Web is made “with an acid-etching process similar to that used in manufacturing circuit boards.” The aluminum lamp measures out to 26 inches but weighs only two pounds. And if you want one, you’ll have to wait a little longer. The product is not yet for sale.
The Los Angeles Business Journal recently awarded the 2012 Commercial Real Estate Award for Best Hospitality Project to the beachfront Shore Hotel on Ocean Boulevard in Santa Monica.
The two, four-story buildings of the Shore Hotel feature high-end exterior finishes, such as stainless steel panels, Trespa Meteon façade cladding, and point-supported glass walls. The hotel is expected to achieve LEED Gold after surpassing LEED Silver requirements. San Francisco-based architecture firm Gensler designed the California Modern building, while Santa Monica-based Morley Builders built the hotel while salvaging or recycling 90 percent of construction waste. The building opened to the public in October of 2011.
Morley Builders accepted the award at a ceremony in Santa Monica on February 29.
Santiago Calatrava has brought his considerable bridge design talents to Dallas, where this week the ribbon will be cut on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge over the Trinity River in West Dallas. As reported by Inhabitat, every day, 14,000 vehicles on six lanes will enjoy the 400-foot arch adorning the cable-stayed bridge. The bridge is also the centerpiece of a grander vision to revitalize the industrial neighborhood of West Dallas. Plans for a recreational area at the foot of the bridge are still in development, as are designs for a forthcoming series of bridges designed by Calatrava that will eventually cross the Trinity River.