Zaha Hadid, one of the most visionary architects of our time, died at age 65 in 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 valet system and the city’s first private 3D IMAX theatre.
Developer Related Companies broke ground in 2014, and the building opened in June 2017. Now, the building has started selling units, starting with a pair of two-bedroom units with open-layout kitchens and private balconies, according to 6sqft. Measuring 2,147 square feet each, they were sold for $US6 million and $US6.2 million, respectively. Approximately 60% of the building’s units are in contract.
Since it was Hadid’s first 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 be complete in 2024.
Hadid was known for her curved buildings, many of which featured geometric forms. 520 West 28th Street is no exception.
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 features 39 condos, including two $50 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 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) includes 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.