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 the 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 facade 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 11ft coffered ceilings, tailored interiors, 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 a spa and a 25yd 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.
‘’Graceful curves inspired by nature define the building’s elegant hand-crafted metal façade. These dynamic curves are driven by one continuous line which loops its way skywards creating a distinctive chevron pattern that interweaves levels, maximizing privacy and security between apartments. As the chevron winds up from the ground, its folds create a multi-level design that links residence exteriors and interiors together in one elegant sweeping movement. Designed and constructed with a practiced understanding of material qualities and manufacturing techniques, the façade conveys the attention to detail evident throughout the project and was the judges favourite.’’