See the rooftop sculpture garden that will grow next to Zaha Hadid’s High Line condo

May 1, 2018

Rendering via Future Green

Related Companies announced last year plans to add 15 new gallery spaces around their Zaha Hadid-designed condo at 520 West 28th Street. One of the galleries tapped for the project, the Paul Kasmin Gallery, will serve as the anchor tenant and expand into a 5,000-square-foot space. In addition to boasting 22-foot ceilings and 28 skylights, the single-floor gallery will have a sculpture garden designed by Future Green on its roof. Because it sits alongside the High Line, “the garden serves as a verdant extension to the elevated park and showcases outdoor artworks in a rich seasonal tapestry,” according to the landscape architects.


Future Green worked with DeSimone Consulting Engineers and Studio MDA to create the “waffle slab” design, intended to hold a deep amount of soil while also puncturing the roof with sunlight.

The design of the plants is made to focus views into the garden, highlighting the artworks beyond it. Native aspen tree and pine shrub clusters will grow on the roof, as well as a field of lowbush blueberry and meadow flowers.

The new Paul Kasmin Gallery at 511 West 27th Street via Studio MDA and Related Companies

Arrow points to the sculpture garden’s location, next to Zaha Hadid’s building and the High Line

Located at 511 West 27th Street, the gallery will sit next to the futuristic condo designed by late Pritzker Prize winner Zaha Hadid. The new gallery boasts a design from Studio MDA founder Markus Dochantschi, who has given the space super high ceilings, a column-free layout, lots of skylights and polished concrete floors.

While the renderings do not indicate the garden will be accessible via the High Line, more green space is always welcomed in Manhattan. Construction is expected to wrap up in the fall of 2018.

Founded in 1989, the Paul Kasmin Gallery is no stranger to West Chelsea as it has three locations in the neighborhood already. In addition to its new West 27th Street location, the gallery will also have an additional exhibit space within High Line Nine, a collection of boutique exhibition space under the High Line.


Renderings via Future Green unless otherwise noted

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