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Zaha Hadid Architects channels HR Giger for New York High Line apartment block

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Stretched steel chevrons define the facade of the new block and refer to Chelsea’s industrial past

The 11-storey 520 West 28th houses 39 residences, with the design’s split levels addressing both 28th Street and the adjacent High Line. The apartments feature 3.4m coffered ceilings and tailored interiors with kitchens by Zaha Hadid Design.

The structure features multiple cores – designed to give most residences private lift lobbies – as well as a spa, pool, sculpture garden and entertainment suite. 

04 zha 520 w 28th street ©hufton+crow

04 zha 520 w 28th street ©hufton+crow

Architect’s view

There is a powerful urban dynamic between the streets of New York and the High Line, a layered civic realm that has developed over generations and in many iterations. 520 West 28th conveys this contextual relationship, applying new ideas and concepts to create the latest evolution of the site’s rich history. 

The split levels of the design define varied living spaces and echo the multiple layers of civic space on 28th Street and the High Line. These split levels are expressed within the interlocking chevrons of 520 West 28th’s hand-crafted steel façade which carries the spirit of Chelsea’s industrial past; its detailed workmanship continues the venerable tradition within New York’s historic architecture of enhancing the public realm. 

520w28th ground floor

520w28th ground floor

Designed and constructed with a practised understanding of material qualities and manufacturing techniques, the façade conveys the attention to detail evident throughout 520 West 28th – brushed and tinted by hand to resonate with the adjacent structures of the High Line and its neighbourhood. 

Within an established community of over 350 art galleries that has seen the High Line’s transformation from abandoned freight rail line to public park, 520 West 28th embodies a commitment to uphold the distinctive character of its neighbourhood; creating a building with its own architectural presence, yet very much of its surroundings. 

18 zha 520 w 28th street ©hufton+crow

18 zha 520 w 28th street ©hufton+crow

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  • Inspired by the area's industrial heritage? - the High Line elevation looks more like a 1960's Chevrolet nose grille, taken to excess. RIP Zaha.

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  • Correction: even more like the nose of a 1960s International Harvester tractor.

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