Vine Line: Architect Wants to Blanket West Side Highway in Leafy Trellises and Waterfalls

by , 12/14/12

Although it sounds similar to the High Line, the Vine Line would not be a park in itself, but a green wall for the existing facade of the West Side Highway. Tamaccio’s proposed design consists of a lightweight trellis that could be attached to the side of the highway and then planted with ivy that would also work to clean the air. Other portions of the facade would be turned into waterfalls to create even more visual interest (though that particular element seems rather labor, fund and energy-intensive).

Ayala’s video shows differing views about the Vine Line proposal – some agree that the highway is an eyesore that they would like to see beautified, while others think it “adds character.” Tamaccio is currently petitioning his neighborhood to get behind his vision. If you would like to see the Vine Line come to fruition, sign the petition here.

Via Shannon Ayala and NYPress



  1. judyj January 9, 2015 at 11:15 am
    It's all well and good until the vines hurt the structure and break it down. Inspection of it would be a nightmare. Paint it I steadily with 3d soso it looks like it has vines on it. Seriously bad idea. Sometimes you have to compromise.
  2. John McCawley December 20, 2012 at 10:51 am
    There are many freeway miles through the cities of Southern California that could benefit from trellis landscaping ideas like this. Trickle irrigation and drought-hardy plants--native when possible--are needed here.
  3. Angela Núñez December 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm
    I know it would be more effort, but I think taking that corridor and making it into an underground tunnel will be better; highway noise is not appealing for any park, or green space, no matter how green would look.
  4. Angela Núñez December 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm
    Ecosystem study please.