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

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