Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought to preserve and transform an abandoned freight rail line into a public park at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. Today the park receives over 7 million visitors a year. Friends of the High Line organize more than 450 public programs and activities supporting the communities of the High Line.
In addition to overseeing the maintenance, operations and public programming for the park, Friends of the High Line work to raise the essential funds to support more than 98 percent of the park’s annual operating budget.
Hosted by Friends of the High Line on 14 June 2018 in support of their work, the Hat Party on the High Line encourages guests to showcase their creativity through its hat-themed dress code. Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has created this 3D printed ‘H-line hat’ in support of the event. The H-Line hat is a creative and sculptural accessory that mimics the design of ZHA’s 520 West 28th, a building that abuts the popular elevated park.
There is a powerful dynamic between the streets of New York and the High Line, a layered civic realm that has developed over generations and in many iterations. 520 West 28th by Zaha Hadid Architects conveys the differing layers within this contextual relationship, applying new ideas and concepts to create the latest evolution of the site’s rich history.
520 West 28th’s split levels are expressed within the interlocking chevrons of its hand-crafted steel façade that shields residents from the elements, while its detailed workmanship continues the venerable tradition within New York’s historic architecture of enhancing the public realm.
The fluid chevrons of 520 West 28th’s façade weave up the building, conveying its split levels and demarcating each residence within. The H-Line hat echoes these chevrons, weaving around the wearer with open and closed forms.