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Zaha Hadid—the global Iraqi-British architect who has won both the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the Stirling Prize—has recently brought something special to one of NYC’s most beloved parks. Now at The High Line Park, Hadid’s “Allongé” swoops like a modern canopy nearly 15 feet high above 112-foot length of the walkway. Acting as a shield for typical construction scaffolding and “danger zones,” Hadid’s constructed installation is made of silver metallic fabric, stretched over a curvilinear metal frame.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the High Line and its possibilities for the city,” said Hadid. “Decades ago, I used to visit the galleries in the area and consider how to build along the route. It’s very exciting to be building there now.”
As if there weren’t a good enough reason to have a pedestrian tunnel before, Hadid displays it just in time, and in preparation for her 39 condos in construction adjacent to the High Line—at 520 W 28th Street—which are all set for occupancy in 2016. “Allongé” seemingly foreshadows the fluid form for her new sculptural building, and offers a similar dramatic shape.