Several streets away from the clangs of construction at 520 West 28th, New York’s first building by Zaha Hadid, the Pritzker Prize–winning architect herself spoke to an audience as she officially launched the sales for the residential apartments. Located in West Chelsea, the 11-story building is situated next to the popular High Line park, which stretches from the newly opened Whitney Museum at its south end to the Hudson Yards development at its north. “I’ve always been fascinated by the High Line and its possibilities for the city. Decades ago, I used to visit the galleries in the area and consider how to build along the route. It’s very exciting to be building there now,” Hadid told the crowd. “The design engages with the city while concepts of fluid spatial flow create a dynamic new living environment.”

The residences themselves will be as large as 6,390 square feet, with ceilings as high as 11 feet and walls lined with works of art; price tags will range from $4.95 million to $50 million. A model of Hadid’s building was center stage at the event, and guests were able to walk through an example of one of the 39 residences in the building. When asked by an audience member what she hopes for the future of architecture in New York, Hadid responded, “In the 1930s there was an incredible renaissance of aesthetics in architecture here. I hope the future bends toward an era such as that one.” 520 West 28th, which is scheduled for completion by early 2017, could be a step in that direction.

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