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ZHA’s New York tower wins ‘Project of the Year’

The Society of American Registered Architects has granted 520 West 28th Street in New York by Zaha Hadid Architects the ‘Project of the Year’ award.

Currently under construction, the residential tower is adjacent to the High Line, a 1.45-mile-long linear park that stretches across an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur.

“There is a powerful urban dynamic between the streets of New York and the High Line,” read a release. “The design of 520 West 28th Street conveys this history and contextual relationship.”

The split levels of the building provide varied living spaces, and echo the multiple layers of public space on the surrounding streets.

Expressed within the interlocking chevrons of the building’s hand-crafted steel facade, which carries the spirit of the neighbourhood’s industrial past, the split levels feature the detailed workmanship continued from New York’s architectural tradition.

“This commitment to upholding the distinctive character of the neighbourhood has created a building with its own architectural presence, yet is very much of its surroundings,” continued the release.

The Society of American Registered Architects was founded in 1956, and has opened 11 councils across 8 states, including the New York council, which rewarded the project.

Other 2017 awards given by the Society of American Registered Architects, New York Council include 187 Franklin Street by System Architects and the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center by Diller Scofidio + Renfro Architects/Gensler.

Zaha Hadid Architects recently completed phase 1 of an Italian train station, as well as revealed never seen before designs at a London exhibition.