Hudson River was in where the High line roughly stands now when explorer Henry Hudson arrived in 1609, long before the city started selling ‘water lots’ which developers rushed to buy some of the Hudson River to turn into factories, warehouses and living quarters for immigrants.
The area of the project was as important fishing, hunting and gathering territories for Lenape people. It is now NYC Hurricane Evacuation Zone-1 with its industrial, commer- cial and residential zones.
Since its abandonment into rust and nails around 1980s to cutting ribbons from 2009 to 2015, big endeavour had been put in line with the High Line which also revitalized the Chelsea district and gave start to the redevelopment of the urban area.
High Line has a natural and organic path generating and propagating its own ecology, the proposed project can be considered as a juxtaposed attachment to this new wild nature of Manhattan by slicing and superposing classical agricultural fields on city context giving a piece of earth to the inhabitants.
Besides its housing units, the tower will also serve as a laboratory and a farming museum to researchers and the users of High Line and the city with its public circulation wandering around the skirts of the plates. Also the roof top can be considered as a public use field.
Eight of the plates are used for farming layered with different kinds of products which would change seasonally. The products can be stored and sold on the commercial+ distribution plates which also accommodate administrative facilities connected with High Line.
NYC FARM MUSEUM
FARM MUSEUM COMPETITION . 2016 . NEWYORK US . MUSEUM + HOUSING . 6.500m²