Zaha Hadid, one of the most visionary architects of our time, died at age 65 in March 2016.
Over the span of her career, the controversial and uncompromising architect created award-winning museums, condos, stadiums, and pavilions. In her last years, she took on a new challenge: designing a luxury condo complex over the High Line, Manhattan’s famed elevated park.
The new condo building will be impressive, with an intricate metal and glass facade sculpted piece by piece. Inside, the high-rise will boast a parking garage with an automatic vallet system and the city’s first private 3D IMAX theatre.
Developer Related Companies broke ground in 2014. Samantha Zola, a spokesperson for the building, tells Business Insider that the building will open in June 2017. Approximately 50% of the units are in contract, according to StreetEasy.
Since it was Hadid’s first and only NYC building and one of her last designs, it will remain a testament to her legacy.
In 2016, Business Insider toured one of the model units. Take a look inside.
Hadid's 135-foot-tall building lives at 520 West 28th Street on Manhattan's far west side. It's two blocks away from Hudson Yards, the new $20 billion neighbourhood set to open in 2024.
The stainless metal exterior wraps around to form an L-shape. To create the curves, each panel of cladding was laser-cut.
The 11-story building will feature 40 condos, including two $US50 million penthouses with floor-to-ceiling windows.
This is the view from the window of one of the model units. You can see the High Line and West Chelsea down below.
The marble kitchen island's edge swoop down just like the exterior building facade. Hadid worked with the Italian designer Boffi to create it, according to Related Companies' spokesperson Heather McDonough.
Everything in the model apartment is top of the line. The windows open via apps and the lighting is energy-efficient. The furniture is beautiful, but the smart home gadgetry is fun, too.
The kitchens will each come with two ovens by Gaggenau: One is a typical oven, and the other is a steam oven (a cross between an oven and a microwave). The ovens swung open when I pressed the button on the side.
If residents have a wine collection, they will be able to store up to 99 bottles in a temperature-controlled rack like this one.
The bathrooms (also a collaboration between Boffi and Hadid) will include marble floors, rainfall shower heads, and six-foot-long tubs.
The walls that enclose the toilet are especially fancy. The transparent glass frosts over with the flip of a switch.