Zaha Hadid’s futuristic, High Line-flanking condos are still under construction, but it looks like the Iraq-born architect wanted to give people something to look at in the mean time. She debuted a temporary installation, composed of a curving metal frame covered with a silver metallic fabric, at the site last week as a piece of art that visitors can actually walk through and under like an open air tunnel. The sculpture, called Allonge, mimics the shape of the nearby building at 520 West 28th Street, offering up a celebratory preview of the work in progress.
The canopy-like structure, which offers some much-needed shade along the heavily trafficked elevated park, measures 15 feet-high and 112 feet-long. Greg Gushee, executive vice president of Related Companies, the developer behind the condo project, told Wallpaper that he is excited about the new addition, which will be on display for the next six months. “Our collaboration with Ms. Hadid has been exceptional,” he said, “and we are thrilled to unveil this new installation, designed to beautify the necessary overhead protection system. This beautiful installation serves as a civic gesture to the neighbourhood, embracing the innovative and artistic spirit of West Chelsea.”
Allonge’s design is no surprise coming from the architect, who is known for creating spectacular, swooping structures. The installation pays homage to the condo building as it nears completion. Once it’s done, the 11-story building will have 39 unique loft-style residences that are as curvy on the inside as the building will be on the outside. The condos are expected to be completed by June 2016.
Images of Allonge via Scott Frances, building renderings via Zaha Hadid Architects