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A High Line Roller Rink? Diller Scofidio + Renfro Strike Again

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As the urban idyll of the High Line already shows, New York architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro are past masters at creating environments that sit on the cutting edge of design and urban planning. But how will they fare with vintage?

We’ll see this Thursday when the firm debuts the High Line Rink, an 8,000-square-foot roller skating rink on The Lot — the plaza at the 30th Street conclusion of the elevated park best loved, at the moment, for hosting a beer garden and food-truck area — designed with collaborators James Corner Field Operations and HWKN. Featuring an asphalt floor surrounded by illuminated construction barriers and painted with a white geometric design, the rink will be surrounded by benches made from steel beams reclaimed from the original High Line railroad. (If you ask us, it looks a bit like like if Michelangelo’s Campidoglio was cross-bred with a contemporary construction site.) The good people at United Skates of America will help run the operation.

Open through September 26, the rink will be free to the first 500 people who show up, courtesy of fashion brand UNIQLO, which is sponsoring the project. (A “UNIQLO Cube” store will also be on the premises offering the company’s wares.) Thereafter it will cost $12 for adults and $10 for kids. So, only two questions remain: What will happen to the beer? (Two food trucks are visible in the rendering, thank god.) And do people really still roller skate these days?

Diller Scofidio + Renfro's plan for the High Line Rink

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  1. I worked in the snack bar of my local skating rink in high school (shoutout to Skating Plus in Ventura, CA). I can attest to the fact that people get hungry when they skate. They also tend to make poor decisions regarding their nutrition. A pizza truck would do well at the rink. I am hoping for the lobster roll truck, personally. Or Korean tacos.

  2. by artintheair

    I think we’re all voting for Korean tacos around here.

  3. What will happen to the beer? It looks like the area with the beer hall and food trucks is untouched. If you look at the rendering, the existing tables and orange booth where you get wrist bands for beer are still in place.

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