ZAHA HADID IN THE CITY

I recently attended a private preview of the 520 West 28th Street sales gallery. The building is a new luxury condominium overlooking the High Line, which has the distinction of being the first residential building in NYC designed by starchitect Zaha Hadid. Born in Baghdad and based in London, Hadid notably became the first female receipt of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. 

Hadid's works have a distinctive neo-futuristic style and models of her most famous buildings were on display. 

Although Hadid’s designs initially looked very sci-fi-inspired to me, I learned that she is most influenced by natural forms. Her fondness for curves can be seen in the hand-rubbed metal facade of 520 West 28th Street, which is comprised of an interlocking chevron pattern that maximizes privacy and security between the residences. 

520 West 28th Street will feature 39 unique residences with floor-to-ceiling glass walls.  Available residences start at $4,975,000 for a 2-bed/2.5-bath apartment (1,691 interior sq. ft.) and range up to $25,000,000 for the largest 2-bed/4.5-bath penthouse (4,460 interior sq. ft., 2,040 exterior sq. ft.).

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I watched a video describing the many luxury amenities that will be offered by the developer, Related Companies, and they are basically endless. There will be a 24-hour concierge, doorman, porter, resident manager and handyman available on-site. Mail will be hand-delivered to residents. The private spa suite, inspired by a Turkish hammam, will feature a 75-foot skylit saline swimming pool, cold plunge pool, waterfall shower, sauna and steam room, chaise lounge, and massage treatment beds. There will also be a state-of-the-art fitness center, reservable lounge and entertainment suite equipped with a chef’s kitchen, and the only private IMAX theater in NYC. The lobby will feature furniture designed by Hadid and will have views of the landscaped garden, including a 34-foot tall year-round blooming live wall. There will also be an automated valet for underground parking, a bike storage room, and private automated storage. 

This is the model kitchen and model bathroom (Hadid designed chandeliers will not be included with delivery). 

My favorite part of the presentation was the video simulation of the completed Hudson Yards project, which is also being developed by Related Companies (in partnership with Oxford Properties Group). Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in U.S. history and the largest development in NYC since Rockefeller Center. I have passed the construction site many times, but found it difficult to envision just how drastically improved the West 30’s neighborhood will be until I saw it in 3-D. I look forward to the area being a destination for commerce and culture.

520 West 28th Street is expected to be completed in 2017. For more information and floor plans, visit the website here