Zaha Hadid Architects has released a new video in which the firm’s late principal, internationally celebrated starchitect Zaha Hadid, discusses the ideas that influenced the iconic, innovative and controversial design of her first residential project in New York City, the High Line adjacent 520 West 28th Street, developed by Related Cos. The 11-story residence was voted 6sqft’s 2016 Building of the Year and is currently nearing completion.
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The 6,853-square-foot triplex penthouse atop the 11-story 520 West 28th Street condominium on the High Line, designed by the late Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, has arrived on the market for the first time for the as-promised ask of $50 million. The architecturally unique 39-unit building, Hadid’s first–and, sadly, only–ground-up structure in New York City, has interiors also overseen and designed by the architect.
Related Companies, the building’s developer, speaks of the honor of collaborating with “one of the world’s most visionary architects, Dame Zaha Hadid, on the design for 520 West 28th. The design is being realized as she envisioned–each residence is a work of art unto itself–and the penthouse in particular is a spectacular example of this, including various unique elements such as a sculptural three-story staircase, designed by Hadid, which unites all levels of the triplex residence.”
Yesterday’s news of Zaha Hadid’s sudden passing at age 65 rocked the architecture world. The famed starchitect was born in Baghdad in 1950, and went on to study mathematics at the American University of Beirut and architecture at the Architectural Association in London. By 1979, she established her own practice in London, using her interests in architecture, landscape, and geology to become one of the most prolific architects in the world. She was the first female to receive a Pritzker Prize (2004) and the first woman to receive the RIBA Gold Medal (2015).
Dame Zaha Hadid is perhaps best known for her signature swooping and curving forms, and today she has completed and under-construction works scattered across the globe. Though New York is typically known as the place where the world’s best architects come to produce their worst work, Hadid managed to spare herself the privilege. Likely due to an unwillingness to tame her energetic visions to suit a developer’s bottom line, the majority of her work envisioned for the city remains unbuilt. Fortunately for us, before her passing, she managed to pen a spirited condo now rising alongside the High Line. In the wake of her passing and to pay tribute to her “larger than life” creations and personality, 6sqft has rounded up Zaha Hadid’s projects and proposals for NYC.
6sqft is sad to report that world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid has passed away. According to BBC News, Ms. Hadid died of a heart attack today in a Miami hospital, where she was being treated for bronchitis.
The Baghdad-born Iraqi-British architect is considered one of today’s most prolific and her works have been commissioned across the globe, including here in New York where her first Manhattan building is currently on the rise at 520 West 28th Street (seen above). Hadid was the first female architect to receive a Pritzker Prize award (2004) and she was also the first woman to receive the RIBA Gold Medal (2015).
Though sales launched earlier this month at Zaha Hadid’s curving High Line condo building, her first commission in NYC, there were no public listings. The wait is over, though, as they’ve just gone live, providing long-anticipated pricing and floorplans.
The eleven-story building at 520 West 28th Street in Chelsea will offer 39 two- to five-bedroom homes, all of which take advantage of the starchitect’s signature swooping construction. They’ll range from $4,950,000 to $50 million for the largest penthouse, but the three residences listed on Corcoran are a $6.4 million two-bedroom unit; a $9.4 million three-bedroom; and a $16 million four-bedroom.
Related Companies has officially launched sales for their highly-anticipated upcoming condominium, 520 West 28th Street. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect and artist Zaha Hadid, the eleven-story building will be Hadid’s first ground-up structure in New York and will offer 39 distinctive two- to five-bedroom homes priced from $4,950,000 to $50 million for the largest penthouse.
The under construction building, now five-stories up, rises alongside the High Line elevated park from an L-shaped parcel between West 27th and 28th Streets in the center of West Chelsea’s art gallery district. Related Companies purchased the site for $65 million in 2012 and soon after commissioned the Iraqi-British designer, who beat out the likes of fellow Brit, Norman Foster. Yesterday, at the development’s launch, Hadid said she has “always been fascinated by the High Line and its possibilities for the city. ”
Real Estate Wire: Curious Pink Brooklyn House Wants $900K; Zaha Hadid Launches Teaser Site for Her High Line Condos, Fri, December 12, 2014
- So bad, it’s good: Live in a bubblegum pink house in Gravesend, Brooklyn for $900K. [Curbed]
- Check out the teaser site for Zaha’s High Line condos. [520W28]
- Greenland, USA and Forest City Ratner will break ground on the second 100 percent affordable building for the Pacific Park Brooklyn development (formerly Atlantic Yards) on Monday. [6sqft inbox]
- Billionaire Steven Cohen has cut the price of his One Beacon penthouse from an ambitious $110M to an equally ambitious $82M. If sold, it will be the most expensive co-op sale recorded in NYC. [NYDN]
- A solar-powered East New York rental will start taking applications for its 19 subsidized, $500-and-under apartments on December 19th. [Brick Underground]
Images: The pink Gravesend home (left); Zaha’s teaser site (right)
Of the condos planned along the High Line Park, one of the most—if not the most—anticipated addition comes via Zaha Hadid. One of our intrepid reporters recently stopped by the construction site located at 520 West 28th Street to see how works are coming along, and it looks like the site is near-ready for its starchitect treatment. Excavation is almost finished and much of the concrete slab foundation has been put in place. When fully constructed, Zaha’s undulating residential tower will rise 11 stories with 40 luxury condos within; the cheapest will be a two-bedroom at $4.6 million, and the most expensive will be a five-bedroom penthouse priced at $35 million. You can see the ultra-futuristic interiors Zaha has planned here >>
Whether or not you’re a fan of Zaha Hadid, or Neo-Futurism for that matter, if you’re believer that a building’s interior should be a seamless extension of its exterior (read: not New York by Gehry), you’ll appreciate Zaha’s efforts to turn her High Line project into a work worthy of architecture history books. One of the most (if not the most) talked about starchitect projects planned for the elevated park, plenty of full view renderings have surfaced since it was announced just over a year ago. But it looks like we’re finally getting a taste of what the inside could look like, courtesy of Curbed. Like its ultra-futuristic exteriors, Zaha’s luxurious condos will be just as sleek and spaceship-like as the outside, with undulating surfaces all throughout, and featuring many of the mind-boggling forms we’ve come to appreciate Ms. Hadid for.
Renderings for 515 High Line have been revealed, and it appears the Soo Chan-designed building will be quite the standout. The images, unearthed by NY YIMBY, reveal an 11-story structure with a few distinctive qualities to set it apart, even as the competition from surrounding developments, including Zaha Hadid’s West 28th street condo, grows steeper. The building has a simple base while the upper levels are defined by protruding slabs of glass that create a rippling effect. But the simple base, two sides of which will be facing the park, plans to be more than just a blank canvas. Taking the artistic nature of the High Line’s new buildings to the next step, 515 West 29th Street’s base will serve as an actual canvas, showcasing the work of up-and-coming artists.