Due for completion in 2017, 520 West 28th is Zaha Hadid's first residential property in New York City
The Hadid name hasn't always been associated with high fashion, Beverly Hills housewives and Zayn Malik's pursuits. The other Hadid — of no relation to Mohamed, Gigi or Bella — is a mammoth of a name when it comes to contemporary architecture. Think organic curves, sleek lines and chevron patterns — and we're not talking clothes.
The 11-storey glass and steel building in New York City presents the epitome of Hadid's dramatic style, which has recently been recognised with a Royal Gold Medal for architecture. It's the first time a woman has won the prize in 167 years, and it's one to celebrate — as a woman and a lover of design. Situated on West 28th Street beside the popular High Line Park in West Chelsea, the luxury condominium stands to present the urban dynamic that exists between the streets of Chelsea and the High Line. Housing 39 luxury apartments with 3.3-metre high ceilings, Hadid explains that the building is largely defined by nature-inspired curves instead of the city's rectangular residential landscape.
"Decades ago, I used to visit the galleries in the area and consider how to build along the route," Hadid elaborated. "The design engages with the city while concepts of fluid spatial flow create a dynamic new living environment."
The penthouses offer north, east, and south views of Manhattan from a rooftop terrace, while various master bedroom suites feature a large private balcony. The interiors of each penthouse have been carefully thought of by Hadid, including a dramatic sculptural three-storey staircase.
When it comes to fittings, consider yourself spoiled: In the bathroom, white marble is contrasted against a unique black crosscut Nero Marquinia marble feature wall and a freestanding six-foot sculptural bathtub by Teuco Guzzini, with fixtures by Dornbracht. Meanwhile, kitchens are designed in collaboration with Boffi.
In fact, everything you see has a touch of Hadid. The city's only private IMAX theatre, a sculptural desk in the lobby and a Turkish hammam-inspired pool in the wellness level (yes, there's a wellness level) are just some of the features which have been custom designed by the award-winner.
Like any good real estate porn, 520 W 28 surrounds itself with neighbours you'd want to be chummy with: New arts venue The Culture Shed, Coach, L'Oreal and Neiman Marcus. Art enthusiasts can gallery hop around 350 art galleries in the area, while foodies can make their weekly pilgrimage to the Chelsea Market. Welcome home to your dream penthouse — at the cost of US$50 million.