Zaha Hadid will be building an 11-story apartment building in Manhattan's Chelsea district, specifically in the upcoming Hudson Yards. Although the project is small for Hadid, it will be a wonderful opportunity for her to show her skills in NYC. The architect previously lost out on a commission to design the High Line (Diller Scofidio + Renfro ended up designing it). She has once before designed a traveling art pavilion funded by Chanel in New York, however the architect will finally get her chance to make her permanent debut in the Big Apple.
The design is luxurious and contemporary, fitting in with the modern architecture now rampant in Manhattan. It will contain two perpendicular wings and stacked layers of glass windows. One wing will sit five feet higher than the other. The lobby walls will also have "water-jetted marble" for a frozen-in-stone liquid look. You can probably bet that living in the structure is going to cost a pretty penny, but you knew that from the start.
Hadid spoke with NYMag about the structure, admitting that she had some concerns over the area: “It’s on a quite restricted site,” Hadid said. “You can’t really go wild.” The mag also says that Hadid is a Mad Men-enthusiast, with the developer joking that the building will be the “Don Draper apartment.” So if you're rich, love Mad Men, and live in New York, the building will be your dream.