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520 West 28th Street voted Building of the Year

Currently under construction adjacent to High Line, 520 W 28th Street by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) received the most votes over 11 other game-changing New York City buildings in a two-week competition held on 6sqft. Of nearly 25,000 votes cast, the Related Companies-developed building emerged as the winner, taking 8,382 of the count, or 33.62% of the total.

There is a powerful urban dynamic between the streets of Chelsea and the Highline; a layered public realm that has developed over generations and in many iterations. The design of 520 W 28th Street conveys these contextual relationships. As New York is a city that constantly changes with new ideas and innovations, 520 W 28th Street also incorporates new design concepts and innovations as the latest evolution of the site’s rich history.

The design has evolved from its surrounding context and is informed by the site’s unique characteristics. The interlocking split levels of 520 W 28th Street give greater variation and introduce double-height space, offering more generous living spaces and reflecting the multiple layers of public realm on 28th Street and the High Line. These split levels within the design are in turn expressed in the interlocking woven chevron pattern of the hand-crafted steel façade which carries the spirit of Chelsea’s industrial past.

Related Companies’ commitment to creating a building that embodies the distinctive character of its neighborhood has not compromised on design or materials. Throughout the detailed development of the project, ZHA placed a priority on a design that has evolved from its surroundings to embody its own architectural presence; enabling the creation of distinctly personal living spaces within a design that engages with its context.

6sqft is dedicated to delivering the latest on real estate, architecture and design in New York City. 6sqft is published by CityRealty and was founded in 2014 and takes its name from the notion of “personal space.” This concept was introduced by anthropologist Edward T. Hall back in 1966 as a way of defining how people behave and react in different types of culturally established spaces. Hall theorizes that personal space measures just a little over two square feet, while our social space can extend well beyond 64 square feet. We believe that the stretch where these two meld—that area where New Yorkers are at their best — is six square feet.


6sqft Building of the Year 2016

520 West 28th Street

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