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Hadid unveils design for New York apartments

17 July 2013 No Comment

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed its first New York City commission: a residential block of ’boutique apartments’.

Founder, Zaha Hadid, who designed the London 2012 Aquatics Centre, has created an 11-storey structure for developers, Related Companies, which will be situated in Hudson Yards at 520 West 28th Street.


Image source Courtesy of Related Companies and Zaha Hadid Architects

Zig-zag lines which cascade jaggedly down the façade

According to huffingtonpost.com, the building comprises two ‘perpendicularly-joined wings’ finished with wraparound floor to ceiling glass and pictures suggest copious use of coated steel for finishing touches to the balconies. It will also contain at least one split-level unit which the developers have described as a ‘Don Draper Apartment’ in homage to the ‘Mad Men’ character’s luxury pad.

The building will also house a large roof terrace, outdoor garden, indoor pool, spa, playrooms, entertainment space and a double-height lobby.

New York City residential block of ’boutique apartments’


In Hadid’s terms, the building is said to be ‘restrained’, despite the black zig-zag line which cascades jaggedly down the façade. She said that the site was quite restricted and therefore she couldn’t “really go wild”. As such, her characteristic architectural curves have been toned down to rounded-off edges.

Hadid spoke about the project to architectsjournal.co.uk, telling it:

“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.

“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.”

Author: Elizabeth Smythe    Date Written: 17 July 2013

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