Zaha Hadid made a rare NYC appearance today for the launch of 520 West 28th Street, which will be her first permanent building in the city when complete. While the futuristic High Line-hugging, LEED Silver-seeking condos themselves aren't expected to be complete until next summer, Hadid and her team did give us a sneak peek at the new sales gallery for the building as well as a scale model, sample finishes and a model kitchen and bathroom. Click through for a video of the Iraqi-British starchitect's remarks on the project as well as our new photos.
Developed by Related Companies, 520 West 28th Street will rise 11 stories above the ground and feature a spaceship-like, hand-rubbed metal finish that is signature Zaha. The building will be the award-winning architect’s first permanent work in New York City and will offer 39 luxurious residences.
Characterized by a unique chevron-patterned facade, the building will boast floor-to-ceiling glass walls framed by oblong, pill-shaped window casings that further add to its space-age aesthetic. A distinctive 2,500-square-foot “sculpture deck” will serve as a point of interest for both residents and passersby, showcasing artwork curated by High Line Art and commissioned by Related.
The amorphous lines that Hadid is known for carry through into the building’s interior spaces. The kitchens are centered around curvaceous kitchen islands, while the bathrooms feature roomy, rounded tubs. The baths also boast extra-long Boffi eco-wood vanities, radiant floor heating and built-in mirrors with Zaha Hadid-designed custom lighting.
Other amenities include a daylit 75-foot saline system swimming pool, a reservable spa suite, a dedicated wellness level with gym and cold-press juice bar, a lounge and entertainment suite, a robotic valet parking system, electric vehicle charging, and the city’s first and only private IMAX theater with seating for 12.
The expected completion date for 520 West 28th is summer of 2016. Residences will range from approximately $4.95 million for a two-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom to $50 million for a 6,400-square-foot penthouse.
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