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Architect proposes High Line to Hudson sky bridge and island

The floating island would occupy nine acres of water at 34th Street
April 03, 2016 05:00PM

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A concept by architect Eytan Kaufman

It has been a wild week for architecture in NYC. There was the proposal to destroy Central Park by building a 1,000-foot glass wall, the passing of Zaha Hadid and these 11 futuristic skyscraper ideas. And now a firm wants to connect the High Line to an island in the Hudson.

New York architect Eytan Kaufman created the concept, which connects the final leg of the High Line at 34th Street to an island-like pier in the Hudson River, according to 6sqft.

Currently, the High Line comes to an anticlimactic end at the Jacob Javits Center, but Kaufman’s design, called Hub on the Hudson, would be much more exciting. He would create a pedestrian bridge over the West Side Highway leading to to a huge, circular recreational center.

As 6sqft pointed out, the proposal isn’t that different from Barry Diller’s proposed Pier 55 floating park, which is planned for the Hudson River near the Meatpacking District.

The island would extend more than 700 feet into the river and occupy nearly nine acres. It would also boast five interconnected pyramid-shaped buildings. Compared to all the rest of the stuff that has come out this week, this really isn’t the worst idea ever. Still, don’t expect a floating island in the Hudson anytime soon.


Screen-Shot-2016-04-03-at-11.50[6sqft]Christopher Cameron