Zaha Hadid’s 11-Storey High Line Venture

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Acclaimed British architect Zaha Hadid has been commissioned to design her first project in New York City – an 11-storey residential building next to the High Line.

The boutique condominium will be built adjacent to the city’s High Line, an elevated park built on a historic freight rail line.

Hadid’s firm missed out on building the High Line, which opened in 2009, with the project awarded to Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The starchitect is excited to make her mark on New York City.

“I think I have designed something that fits well into the city that is very New York, and yet will also help to transform the city going forward,” she told New York Magazine.

Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid

Located at 520 West 28th Street in Chelsea, the building’s design aims to capture the richness and vibrant history of Manhattan’s west side.

“This development will be truly unique within the city’s architectural offerings, and will pave the way for future architectural achievements on Manhattan’s west side,” said Jeff Blau, CEO of Related Companies, the developer who commissioned Hadid.

The futuristic building echoes Hadid’s inimitable architectural design while also blurring the boundaries of the neighbouring elevated park and surrounding streetscape.

The dynamic design features a sculpted and curvaceous structure with a glass and steel façade. The interconnected chevron patterned exterior is designed to separate and merge the two zones, ensuring each residence is original and unique.

New York's High Line

New York’s High Line

“Our design is an integration of volumes that flow into each other and, following a coherent formal language, create the sensibility of the building’s overall ensemble,” explained Hadid. “With an arrangement that reinvents the spatial experience, each residence will have its own distinctive identity, offering multiple perspectives and exciting views of the neighbourhood.”

The intimate building will house 37 residences of up to 5,500 square feet highlighting its gracious layout with 11-foot ceilings.

Residents will enter through a double-height entrance lobby that will offer glimpses of communal spaces and an outdoor garden while some residents will enjoy private entry and elevator landings.

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