Inside Zaha Hadid’s Last New York Condo
A new project from groundbreaking architect Zaha Hadid, the only woman to have won the prestigious Pritzker Prize, has been unveiled in New York. Dubbed the “Queen of the curve,” Hadid died in March 2016 at age 66, but many of her projects are being completed posthumously, including the residences of 520 West 28th in the heart of Chelsea. It’s both the first and last residential building in New York to bear Hadid’s personal stamp. Below, we share a look inside.
The luxury 11-story development along New York’s famous elevated park, the High Line, has 21 interlaced levels designed in Hadid’s signature sinuous lines. The 39 residences are priced from $4,950,000 to $50 million for the triplex penthouse, and the move-in date is slated for the summer of 2017. The stainless metal exterior wraps around to form an L-shape. To create the curves, each panel of cladding was laser-cut.
The fluid lobby has views of the adjacent High Line. According to Tiago Correia, the U.S. director of Zaha Hadid Architects, “It’s sculpture inhabited. We made a building that very deliberately blurs the lines between art and architecture,” he explains. “That’s our way to pay tribute to the location, to Zaha’s work, and to the burgeoning lifestyle in the area.”
Even the automated 12-car garage is lavished with Hadid’s famous curving lines, turning what is usually a utilitarian concrete box into a sleek, spectacular coffer for a high-performance machine. Residents drive onto the platform which lifts the car to its designated parking spot.
A skylight floods the 75-foot saline-system swimming pool with natural light.
Designer Jennifer Post was commissioned to provide the furniture and decor for unit 20, a 4,500-sq.-ft., $15M, four-bedroom home. The kitchen island is made from curvilinear sculpted white marble, with high-gloss formed millwork from Boffi’s Xila collection. Butter-yellow stools keep the pristine palette from feeling too clinical.
Pops of color from the contemporary art add life to the muted palette in the living room. “Here, I am respectfully creating a vision that coexists with the vision of one of architecture’s greatest minds. This prompted me to really consider every move, every decision in a different, special way,” says Jennifer.
Jennifer’s design of the bathroom includes a sculpture to add interest. Views of the High Line and Empire State Building also play a starring role, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows.
West Chin, principal of West Chin Architects, designed unit 12, a 1,700-sq.-ft., $4.9M residence. Flat-face contrasting cabinetry with no hardware is typical of Chin’s clean, contemporary style.
This bedroom by West Chin was created to nurture the inhabitants’ love of design. Semi-circular windows are one of the unique (and expensive to construct) features that set this building apart.