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520 West 28th

  • New York, USA
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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 echoes the multiple layers of civic space on 28th Street and the High Line.

* Disclaimer: Dame Zaha Hadid, Pritzker Prize winning (2004) UK licensed architect, designer, and educator was not licensed to practice architecture in the state of New York.  For her work on 520 W. 28th, she is credited as designer.  Zaha Hadid worked in close collaboration with a New York City-based firm, Ismael Leyva Architects, who functioned as the architect for this project.

The split levels of the design define varied living spaces and echoes 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.

Designed and constructed with a practiced 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.

The 11-storey 520 West 28th houses 39 residences with 11-foot coffered ceilings, tailored interiors that incorporate Boffi kitchens by Zaha Hadid Design, and integrated technologies including automated valet parking and storage.

With multiple cores to give most residences private elevator lobbies, the amenities of 520 West 28th include the wellness level with spa and 25-yard sky-lit lap pool, sculpture garden, and entertainment suite with IMAX theatre.

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.


Zaha Hadid Architects


Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher

Project Director

Johannes Schafelner, Cristiano Ceccato

Project Architect

Johannes Schafelner, Alberto Barba

Package Leads

Aurora Santana (Units), Stella Dourtme (Amenities), Michael Sims (Façade), Natacha Viveiros (I-max)

Project Team

Sharan Sundar, John-Alan Gallerie, Seungho Yeo, Henning Hansen, Claudia Dorner, Jakub Klaska, Afsoon Eshaghi, Mattia Gambardella, Moa Carlson, Sara Sheikh Akbari, Niran Buyukkoz, Marius Cernica, Igor Pantic, Jamie Mann, Matthew Carapiet, Sergey Krupin, Nicola Berkowski, Peter Logan, Sebastian Lundberg, Miguel Diaz-Morales

NYC Construction Team

Director: Tiago Correia
Site Architects: Ed Gaskin, Filipe Pereira, Stella Dourtme

Competition Project Director

Cristiano Ceccato

Competition Project Architect

Johannes Schafelner

Competition Project Designer

Jakub Klaska

Competition Team

Elisabeth Bishop, Sharan Sundar, Saman Saffarian, Natacha Viveiros, Niran Buyukkoz, Yung Zhang, Spyridon Kaprinis, Kevin Sheppard, Manpreet Singh

Local Architect

Ismael Leyva Architects (ILA)


DeSimone Consulting Engineers

MEP / Services


Light Consultant

Office for Visual Interaction (OVI)

Landscape Architect

Future Green Studio

Marketing, Sales

Corcoran Sunshine Group/ Core

Exterior Wall

Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP


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