‘Lowline Lab’ Provides Glimpse of Subterranean Park

A new park exhibit is opening to show how an unused trolley station could be put into use. Although inside, the plants are able to receive enough sunlight to grow using a complex system of lenses and mirrors.

by Citiscope / October 23, 2015
The LowlineLab, an underground park, will be open to the public for free on weekends in New York City. instagram/lowlinenyc

Bold plans for the “Lowline,’ an underground park planned for a vacant trolley terminal in New York City, have moved a step closer to reality. Lisha Arino reports for DNAInfo that the newly opened Lowline Lab provides a glimpse of what a subterranean park would offer.

Visitors to the park would meander through an exhibit that features thousands of plants bathed in sunlight despite the indoor location. Rays would reach the vegetation with the help of an elaborate network of mirrors, reflectors and lenses, the article says.

Proponents of the Lowline draw their inspiration from the High Line, a linear, elevated park on Manhattan’s West Side. That hugely successful park has inspired a number of projects around the world. The five-month Lowline Lab exhibit, which opened Saturday, is located in a former market in the city’s Lower East Side neighborhood. More details are here.

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