Sunlight is transmitted onto a reflective surface on the distributor dish underground, transmitting that sunlight into the space. “To explore our vision in greater detail, we commissioned a preliminary planning study in 2012 with Arup, the global engineering firm, and HRA Advisors, the leading consultant behind the High Line. During periods of sunlight, electricity would not be necessary to light the space.”
Comment on Facebook New York City is a natural candidate, having already inspired rail-related and elevated parks around the world with its innovative High Line Park. Lowline NYC: World’s First Underground Park Slated for 2018
Using fiber optics as “remote skylights” to pipe illumination down from the surface, this bold plan aims to transform a century-old trolley station into a bright and green subterranean park. Much of this will be preserved, rehabilitated and otherwise highlighted in the renovation, creating a balance between new design, urban exploration and historic context. Boasting 20-foot ceilings and multiple blocks of open space, the dilapidated station still has a lot of deserted-place charm including old cobblestones, trail tracks, vaulted ceilings and vintage signage. Proposed as the site of the Lowline, the space is being vetted for structural feasibility as well as civic support – discussions with the MTA as well as the city are ongoing and progressing. This technology would transmit the necessary wavelengths of light to support photosynthesis, enabling plants and trees to grow.