Museum at the High Line, 2007



This project proposes a museum that functions as a public passageway between the Highline park and the Hudson River waterfront. The Meatpacking District in New York City presents one of many paradigmatic conditions of urban gentrification. A complex web of historical, political, economical and social relationships between art communities and commercial enterprises has constructed a typified urban migratory pattern of artist communities rejuvenating a deteriorating neighborhood and subsequent commercial developments commodifying the local culture while gentrifying the existing community. As an approach to the social conditions of the Meatpacking district site, the ground level houses most of the public programs, while allowing public access to the interior garden through vertical circulation. The institutional boundary often presented by museums is penetrated through public passageway that opens visual transparency to exhibitions. Involving specific pieces of artwork by a number of contemporary and modern artists, the project moves towards a contemporary definition of a museum by revisiting the possibilities of public space presented by artists in the 1960s in this very site.


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site plan: meatpacking district

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plan: third level

plan: basement level

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