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.

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.



Size: Residences between 1,700 - 5,500 square feet up to 11-foot ceilings on 11 storeys

ZHA Design: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
ZHA Project Director: Johannes Schafelner
ZHA Project Architects: Johannes Schafelner, Alberto Barba
ZHA Package Leads: Aurora Santana (Units), Stella Dourtme (Amenities), Michael Sims (Façade), Natacha Viveiros (I-max)
ZHA 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
ZHA NYC Construction Team
ZHA Site Architects: Ed Gaskin, Filipe Pereira, Stella Dourtme
ZHA Director: Tiago Correia
ZHA Competition Team
ZHA Project Director: Cristiano Ceccato
ZHA Project Architect: Johannes Schafelner
ZHA Project Designer: Jakub Klaska
ZHA 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)

Structure: DeSimone Consulting Engineers
Light Consultant: Office for Visual Interaction- OVI
Landscape Architect: Future Green Studio
Marketing, Sales: Corcoran Sunshine Group/ Core
Exterior Wall: Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP
Signage: Crown Sign Systems
Others: Geoff Johnson Designs, Trace Pool Designs, Longman Lindsey, Entek, VDA
Fabricator and Suppliers
Exterior Wall Fabricator: M. Cohen & Sons
Exterior Wall Fabricator: Stahlbau Pichler
Interior Kitchen and Bathroom: Boffi
I-max: Westbuilt
I-max Wall panels: William Somerville, Inc.
Stone Supplier: Port Morris Tile & Marble
Interior Architecture Millwork: Sefina Industries LDP
Architecture GRC and GFRP features: Kinetica
GRG: Stromberg Architectural Products
Decorative metals: Amuneal Manufacturing Corp
Automatic Parking: Park Plus, Inc
Oversized sliding doors: Schuco
Glass Doors, Partitions and Rails: Doortec Architectural Metal & Glass
Wood Floors: Phipps & Co
Appliance items: Olivari, Gaggenau, Antonio Lupi, Teuco Guzzini Spa, Dornbracht

520 West 28th by Zaha Hadid in United States won the WA Award Cycle 30. Please find below the WA Award poster for this project.

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