Architecture enthusiasts everywhere were saddened to learn this March about the passing of Dame Zaha Hadid, a trail-blazing, Iraqi-born architect known for her forward-thinking, geometric designs. Among the projects left unfinished at the time of Hadid’s death was 520 West 28th Street, developed by Related Companies and set to open in early 2017. 520 West 28th was Hadid’s first and only New York project. This collection of 39 loft-like residences — averaging at $3,508 per square foot and over $10 million per listing — along the High Line incorporates the graceful curves so common in her other work, sitting in stark contrast to the sharp, angular lines already along New York’s skyline. The distinctive chevron pattern of the building maximizes privacy between the residences, while seamlessly linking the interiors and exteriors together. The 11-story building will continue to be built by Hadid’s firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, establishing her legacy along the High Line in West Chelsea.
Zaha designed a high floor two bedroom apartment with views worthy of a more expensive home, before switching into a three bed. While not quite Ian Shrager designing 40 Bond around his personal penthouse, the two bed (now in contract) is one of the more interesting values in the building.
Hadid’s first major commission was the Vitra Fire Station, constructed in Germany in 1993. The long, layered concrete lines give the appearance of a building “frozen in motion,” meant to be an artificial extension of the landscape. She would later go on to design the Guangzhou Opera House in China, a $200 million glass-enclosed structure that provides open access to the riverside, completed in 2010. That same year, the MAXXI Museum in Rome was completed, with the Museum’s commitment to innovation in art reflected in the building’s sinuous curves and unique L-shaped footprint. She also designed the London Aquatics Centre, a $386 million structure that was built for the 2012 Summer Olympics and is now open to the public, the $300 million Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi (2010), and the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan (2012). Some of Hadid’s designs were still under construction or in the development phase, including the One Thousand Museum residential skyscraper in Miami with its elaborate penthouse expected to bring in $2,993 per square foot, the $1 billion Iraqi Parliament Building in Baghdad, and, of course, 520 West 28th Street in New York, where available apartments range from $4.9 million for a two-bedroom to $25 million for a four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath residence.