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NBRS Proposes to Extend High Line Vertically

NBRS Proposes to Extend High Line Vertically
Exterior View. Image © NBRS + Partners
Exterior View. Image © NBRS + Partners

In response to New York City’s rapidly expanding population, NBRS + Partners has proposed a 40 story tall skyscraper that could help the city embrace its rapidly shifting demographics and size. Entitled “VIVO on High Line,” the adaptable steel-frame tower is essentially the vertical extension of the city’s beloved High Line park.

“The podium screen engulfs the High Line folding it in and extending the lifeblood into the building base, like capillary action drawing it vertically,” described the team.

The project was joint first place winner in Metropolis’ Living Cities Residential Towers Competition, sharing the award with AMLGM’s entry “Urban Alloy.” Like Alloy, VIVO's "hybrid structural system" frees up the interior from structural clutter and allows it to easily adapt to the needs of a number of family demographics. In addition, the design plans will provide more accessible routes to various amenities throughout the city.

Programmatic Diagram. Image © NBRS + Partners
Programmatic Diagram. Image © NBRS + Partners

"VIVO is demographically mixed, attracting individuals, couples and families; permitting invention and reinvention; a place that is inclusive and participatory. The steel design permits flexible apartment designs, responsive to the changing needs of the NYC family,” stated NBRS. “A place for mobile workers.  A place for key workers. A place located at the heart of activity and accessibility. A place where families can live and enjoy the efficiencies and amenities of a global cultural focus. VIVO is an activity based solution permitting vertical flexibility of use."

Apartment Layout. Image © NBRS + Partners
Apartment Layout. Image © NBRS + Partners

The team believes VIVO could be the “lifeblood” of the city, just as the High Line once was.

  • Competition

    Living Cities
  • Award

    First Place
  • Project Name

    Vivo on the Highline
  • Architects

  • Location

    The High Line, New York, NY 10011, USA
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Andrew Duffin
  • Structural Design

    ARUP Sydney
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Cite: Connor Walker. "NBRS Proposes to Extend High Line Vertically" 11 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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