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Inside Bjarke Ingels's West Side Tower - The XI

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The latest addition of a Starchitect to the Manhattan skyline is Bjarke Ingels’ The XI on the West Side between the Hudson River and the The High Line. This mega project takes up the entire block between 17th and 18th Streets, and is eye catching with its double, twisting tower design. The XI recently launched sales, and we got an inside look at the Sales Gallery which is curated as an Art Gallery as art is core to the building and its location. 

Developed by HFZ Capital, The XI is comprised of 2 towers and will also include a hotel component by Six Senses Resort and Spa, their first U.S. location. The brand is known world-wide as a leader in the health and wellness space. The twisting design of the towers allows views and light to be maximized in all residences. In addition to the 2 towers, there will be another structure that will house the Six Senses Spa and Club and will be connected to the towers with a glass skybridge. 

The XI depicted amongst the Manhattan Skyline in Esi Devlin's "Egg"

The XI depicted amongst the Manhattan Skyline in Esi Devlin's "Egg"

The Towers are aptly named The X (East Tower) and The I (West Tower). Residents are welcomed home in the 24-hour attended porte-cochere with an on-site valet parking attendant. Each of the Towers features unique and luxurious interiors designed by leading firms. 

The X

The X tower will stand 26 stories tall with the Six Sense Hotel occupying the first 10 floors. The Tower will have 87 Condos designed be renowned Parisian firm Gilles & Bossier. The firm that designed the Baccarat Hotel will design the Six Sense interiors and continue the atmosphere into  the residences of the East Tower. 

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Homes in the East Tower will be characterized by contrasting finishes – black vs. white. In the kitchens, white Calcutta Gold Marble will contrast Black Grigio Carnica Marble. In the master bath, floors comprised of light Arabescato Vagli Oro marble in a Herringbone pattern will be juxstaposed against a trim of dark Saint Laurent marble. 

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The I

The I tower will stand taller than The X, at 36 stories with 149 residences. The West tower is designed by award-winning firm Gabellini Sheppard Associates. They have taken an approach inspired by natural materials and downtown living.  

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Interiors will have wide plank oak flooring, Bulthaup kitchen cabinets in grey larch wood, eucalyptus wood vanities and leather texture Taj Mahal Quartzite walls in the master bath. No two floor plans are exactly the same in the West tower with residences having sweeping views of the Hudson and City Skyline.

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The amenity offering at The XI is expansive, with the collection curated by the Six Sense Hotel. In addition to exclusive access at the Six Sense Hotel and Spa, residence will have:

  • 4,000 square foot fitness center
  • 75-foot pool
  • Wine tasting room
  • Social Lounge
  • Billiards
  • Children & teen play rooms

Residences will range in size from 1 to 4 bedrooms with prices starting at $2.8M for a 1 bedroom up to half-floor penthouses starting at $25M. 

Interested in Starchitect living at The XI? Contact us to arrange your private showing at the exclusive gallery.

A Look Inside Zaha Hadid's First New York City Residences

A modern architectural marvel is nearly complete along The Highline in West Chelsea. 520 W 28th Street is the late Zaha Hadid's first project in New York City. The building by the Related Group is slated to open this summer.

They recently unveiled two model residences, and we took a look inside Residence 20, a 4 bedroom home situated on The Highline side of the building with views of the The Highline and the Empire State Building. The model has been elegantly designed by Jennifer Post.

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520 W 28th is very iconic of Zaha Hadid's signature style. The design of the building is characterized by graceful curves that draw inspiration from nature. The facade of the building, with its rounded windows, is a contrast to the hard angles that typically dominate residential real estate. 

The facade of the building creates a chevron pattern, weaving the interior and exteriors of the residences into one free-flowing design. The south side of the building is being transformed into an area that will house new galleries and a sculpture garden. 

The building is comprised of 39 hand-crafted residences to which Hadid paid careful attention, incorporating her signature touch throughout. The most notable element is the curved windows in some of the rooms.

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Kitchens are custom design be Hadid in collaboration with luxury Italian brand, Boffi and feature a unique island sculpted from white marble and formed millwork and Gaggenau appliances. Master baths are finished with hand-selected white marble with a freestanding six-foot sculptural bathtub by Teuco Guzzini with fixtures by Dornbracht.


520 W 28th includes a luxurious package of amenities for its residents. There are four separate amenity spaces and concierge services provided by Luxury Attaché. Amenities include a gym by The Wright Fit, 75-foot  swimming pool with natural light, North America's first private IMAX theater, and an entertainment lounge with a private Highline terrace. 

Residents and guests are immediately greeted in style with the sculpted front desk and 34-foot feature wall in the lobby. It makes a stunning statement!

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Residence 20 

4 Bedroom | 4.5 Bath | $15,000,000

Zaha Hadid Model Residence

About Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid was born in Baghdad, Iraq and studied mathematics. In 1972, she moved to London to attend the Architectural Association School, marking the start of her foray into the world of architecture. 

Hadid founded Zaha Hadid Architects in 1979 and completed their first building in 1993 in Germany. Since, she has completed projects around the globe and has held numerous guest professorships at elite universities. Her work shed a new light on modern design and has grabbed attention around the world because of her use of fluid design.

Hadid was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. She has also been included in lists such as Forbe's "World's Most Powerful Women" and TIME's 100 Most Influential People in the World. 

Hadid passed away suddenly from a heart attack in Miami on March 31, 2016 at the age of 65.