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Published on November 24, 2008
>The Hudson Yards, a large former rail yard next to midtown Manhattan’s Hudson River, is getting a redo. While it was inevitable that this long undeveloped site would eventually be given the designer treatment, what’s unexpected are the masterful plans proposed by Steve Holl, one of five designers invited to submit their designs.
What Holl has in mind calls for a suspended roof garden spanning 19 acres and thus creating a microclimate for the city. On site will also be an amphitheater, a performance hall, commercial and residential spaces, a water strip that will collect and purify rainwater, grey and storm water recycling, and a co-generation plant. Once the approval process gets under way, perhaps Holl’s design will take the prize… but the real prize will be the value returned to the MTA and in turning an underused space into a sustainable and thriving area.
A decision on the proposals was originally planned for the end of March. However, this decision seems like it will now be pushed to a later date in 2008. Holl’s plans, created in collaboration with Extell Development, not only has a distinct aesthetic beauty said comparable to Rockefeller Center, it minimizes interference with LIRR operations and transforms the 28 acres of rail yards into an environment that meets plaNYC’s sustainability standards.
Let’s hope whatever proposal is selected will enhance the inherent beauty of this area, provide sustainability, and end up looking as good as it does in these images.