Related by design: Moinian Group will also have a Zaha Hadid condo

Will other projects of hers pop up in New York?

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Jun.June 06, 2016 03:00 PM

It turns out that the Related Companies’ High Line project won’t be the only one in New York designed by the late Zaha Hadid.

The Moinian Group announced Monday that it plans to build a condominium at 220 11th Avenue that is designed by Hadid and her firm, Zaha Hadid Architects. A representative for the Moinian Group told The Real Deal that Hadid finished the designs before her death in March. The Chelsea building will include “loft-like condominium residences, a collection of penthouses and a cultural institution.” Representatives for Moinian would not elaborate on the project beyond these details but said the firm is currently in talks with “major cultural institutions” to takeover part of the space.

“We are deeply honored to develop one of Zaha’s final creations and cement her astonishing legacy forevermore here in Manhattan. She was a special woman and a friend who we all miss very much,” Moinian Group‘s Mitchell Moinian said in a statement.

Hadid’s London-based firm is not licensed to work in New York, so it will be working with SLCE Architects, which is the architect of record on the project.

To have one of Hadid’s final designs — and one of her only in New York City — is a major selling point. Last month, the triplex at 520 West 28th Street hit the market for $50 million. Related touted the building as the only New York residential building designed by Hadid, and until Monday, that seemed to be the case. The Pritzker Prize winner died suddenly of a heart attack in a Miami hospital on March 31. Some of her best-known work includes the MAXXI: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome and the upcoming Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar and the new Beijing Airport Terminal. She also designed a luxury condominium tower in Miami, One Thousand Museum.

When asked if Related is disappointed that its High Line project no longer has the distinction of being Hadid’s only New York project, Joanna Rose, a spokesperson for Related, called the project a “key milestone” in Hadid’s career.

“We had the pleasure of working with Dame Zaha Hadid for nearly four years on her first residential project in New York,” she said.

It’s not yet clear if this will be the last of Hadid’s designs to pop up in New York. Representatives for her firm did not return a request seeking comment.

Moinian purchased the parcel at 220 11th Avenue in 2002 for an undisclosed amount, according to property records. Construction is expected to begin in 2017.

Last year, the developer closed on a $361 million bond issuance on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to help develop this property as well as another at 572 11th Avenue. Plans for an apartment building were filed in July for the latter property, but records show that no plans have yet been filed for the Hadid-designed condominium.


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