Monday, 6 June 2016

One of Zaha Hadid's Final Buildings Will Rise in West Chelsea

The visionary architect designed the mixed-use building before her untimely death

Here's some big starchitecture news: The Moinian Group announced today that it is collaborating on a new building, set to rise at 220 11th Avenue, with none other than Zaha Hadid Architects. According to a press release, the building was one of the last designs that Hadid personally worked on before her untimely death earlier this year.

Moinian has apparently been working with the firm since last year on the building, and the shape it will take—steered, no doubt, by Hadid herself—will be a mixed-use building, with "signature loft-like condominium residences," along with a yet-to-be-determined cultural institution that the developer hopes will be a "hub" for the neighborhood. Construction is expected to begin early next year, and sales will also launch sometimes in 2017. The site's location is only a few blocks from Hadid's other New York City condo project at 520 West 28th Street, which is still under construction.

In the two months since the world lost the visionary architect, her work has been celebrated in many remembrances, including a retrospective during the Venice Architecture Biennale. Her firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, has also pressed on, opening the first posthumous project from the icon (a marine terminal in Italy). The new NYC building will join the many other projects that Hadid designed before her death, including skyscrapers in Miami and Milan, a new airport terminal in Beijing, and the controversial Al Wakrah stadium in Qatar.


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