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The High Line

Challenge:

The High Line was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan’s largest industrial district. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, was formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line worked in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park. The project gained the City’s support in 2002. The High Line south of 30th Street was donated to the City by CSX Transportation Inc. in 2005. The design team of landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, created the High Line’s public landscape with guidance from a diverse community of High Line supporters. Construction on the park began in 2006. The High Line is located on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. The first section of the High Line opened on June 9, 2009. It runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. The second section, which runs between West 20th and West 30th Streets, opened June 8, 2011.

Solution:

For the railing of the High Line, the architect wisely opted for a stainless steel net and cable system designed by Jakob. Apart from timeless design and obstructed views, railing infill with Jakob Webnet also assure safety. All components are made of high-grade stainless steel (AISI 316)

Within the diversified Jakob product lineup, Webnet ranks among the most multitalented items. To name just a few key applications, it is the material of choice for animal enclosures and aviaries, for sports and playground fencing, for safety barriers that prevent falls, and for façade greening as a climber trainer for many different species of plants.
In another interesting application category, Webnet is used for railing infill or as a substitute for standard railings. It is equally suitable for such applications in residential, semi-public, and public spaces. Whether in homes, schools, in museums and offices, on bridges or publicly accessible vantage points: Webnet is always convincing because it combines functionality, aesthetic appeal, economical use of materials, and longevity. And not least, this product is sustainable in the best sense of the term, especially as regards its cost-effectiveness. Apart from the comparatively low investment, one of the key benefits of Webnet is that it involves virtually no maintenance expenditure.

For architects and builders, the fascination of Webnet as a railing material is based chiefly on its usefulness paired with its uniquely minimal visual impact. Thanks to its discreet and unobtrusive appearance, it can be deployed in practically every style context and for implementing a host of design approaches. In many situations, Webnet gives planners totally new aesthetic and creative options. In staircases that require no handrails, for instance, it can completely replace a railing by stretching it across an oriented surface; this emphasizes the architectural form with impressive purity. Depending on ambient light condition and the viewing angle, the Webnet topology is either nearly invisible or seduces the observer with its filigreed structure. Its visual effect ranges from that of a diaphanous veil to that of a type of skin. While it functions as an effective and dependable barrier from a physics point of view, it is so transparent that it interferes neither with the lighting concept nor with the lines of sight. Finally, the integration of Webnet in a given design concept is simplified by the fact that it can be coated with all RAL and NCS colors.

For the implementation of Webnet railings, the netting can be tensioned between steel posts or rods, or with wire rope, and nets with lengths of up to 300 feet can be installed in this way. Another option is to use prestrung steel frames, assembled in the workshop, they can be quickly and conveniently installed on site.

As evidenced by numerous real-world applications, Webnet structures are a noteworthy alternative to conventional and classic railing constructions, not only with respect to latitude in design, but also in terms of cost-effectiveness. Without any concessions as regards safety and durability, Webnet delivers added aesthetic value; today, more and more people recognize and appreciate its charisma as an architectural element.

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