4. Zaha Hadid’s Only Building in NYC at 520 West 28th Street, Chelsea
The under construction condo building at 520 West 28th Street in Chelsea is the only New York City project of celebrated architect, the late Zaha Hadid. In 2004, Hadid became the first women ever to win the Pritzker Prize in architecture– the highest ranking award one can receive in the field. She died in April 2017.
Hadid is responsible for some of the most innovative, intriguing and intelligent architecture of contemporary times. From her 1994 Vitra Fire Station in Well am Rhein–one of her first defining early works– to glorious designs for buildings that have yet to reach their completion such as the One Thousand Museum in Miami (set to finish in 2018). However, though Hadid has several projects still in the works, some even with timelines altogether unknown, Hadid passed away unexpectedly in 2016 at the age of 65 as a result of complications from bronchitis. Other works will remain simply, unbuilt.
As of today, the space-age style condos with 5-million-dollar views overlooking the High Line, is the only building New York has to honor her career. However, one of the last commissions Hadid made before her death was for the Moinian Group– one of the largest privately held real estate firms in the country– which is set to rise at 220 Eleventh Avenue. On the site, the Moinian group–says that “preserving the artistic integrity of this project is paramount in order to engrain the spirit of Zaha herself into the streets of Manhattan.”