520 West 28th x Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid, the world's leading female architect, is making her mark on New York with a soft and shiny sculptural building in West Chelsea, Manhattan's hippest neighbourhood...

BY DEE IVA

Word has reached Fizz HQ that a new landmark will soon be gracing the skyline of New York City. The iconic Empire State, Chrysler and Flatiron buildings and the new World Trade Center will soon be joined by a fluid, organic residential structure designed by Pritzker Prize-winning starchitect Zaha Hadid (right).

ABOVE: The high life meets The High Line at 520 West 28th Street

ABOVE FROM TOP: Corner bedrooms boast panoramic views across the city; Gaggenau appliances and a top-of-the-range Xila kitchen by Italian company Boffi bring hi-tech style to each apartment

Located on The High Line, 520 West 28th is a slinky and curvaceous addition to the Big Apple. Commissioned by Related Companies, Hadid’s distinctive architectural style brings a new design dialogue to the concrete jungle of Manhattan. The soft rounded corners and sweeping balconies that seem to wrap around 520’s exterior are in stark contrast to the more rectangular masculine aesthetic of the city.

Set over 11 floors, the 39 apartments within will feature ceiling heights of up to 11 feet, wide-plank white oak flooring, sleek Boffi kitchens designed by Hadid, integrated wardrobes and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city that never sleeps. In the triplex penthouses, Hadid has added a sinuous sculptural staircase between the three floors.

BELOW FROM TOP: A wide organic staircase designed by Hadid connects the floors in the three triplex penthouses; Alternating curved balconies wrap around the exterior

Of course, anyone wanting to live in West Chelsea’s glamorous new kid on the block is going to need deep pockets. Prices start at US$4,950,000 soaring to $50,000,000 for the largest penthouse. It’s a sign of the times as this part of Chelsea is now a thriving arts district with a clutch of upscale art galleries, shops and restaurants in the shadow of aerial park The High Line. The new Whitney Museum of American Art, designed by Renzo Piano, opened here in 2015 immediately sealing the area’s reputation as Manhattan’s hippest cultural hotspot. Due for completion in 2017, it looks like 520 is destined to become NYC’s most stylish and desirable place to live. We can but dream...
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