Hadid's US buildings square off

The terrace in the Miami project (above left) and another in the New York project (right), both by Zaha Hadid.
The terrace in the Miami project (above left) and another in the New York project, both by Zaha Hadid.
The terrace in the Miami project and another in the New York project (above right), both by Zaha Hadid.
The terrace in the Miami project and another in the New York project (above right), both by Zaha Hadid.

NEW YORK • British-Iraqi Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid has designed just two residential buildings in the United States - one in New York (520 West 28th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District next to the High Line) and one in Miami (One Thousand Museum, next to Pamm and overlooking Biscayne Bay).

Both have yet to be completed and both, as it happens, have penthouses priced in the region of US$50 million (S$70.3 million). They have the usual floor- to-ceiling glass windows, sweeping great rooms, libraries and that ineffable, space-agey Zaha touch.

In absolute terms, you get more bang for your buck in Miami. The average price a square foot on the coastal mainland was US$234 in the third quarter of this year, according to real estate brokerage Douglas Elliman. In Manhattan during the same period, the average was US$1,497.

INTERIOR SPACE

Miami: 15,200 sq ft

New York: 6,853 sq ft

Winner: Miami, with more than twice the square footage

TERRACE SPACE

Miami: 1,270 sq ft of terraces

New York: 2,552 sq ft of terraces

Winner: New York for pure space, but the views could use some work 

PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT

Miami: US$2,993

New York: US$5,316

Winner: The developers

THE VIEWS  

Miami: The Miami skyline, Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean from almost 60 storeys in the air

New York: The New York skyline and the much-frequented High Line park

Winner: Miami

NUMBER OF BEDROOMS AND BATHS

Miami: Six bedrooms, six full baths, two half baths

New York: Five bedrooms, six full baths, one half bath

Winner: Miami, barely

NUMBER OF FLOORS 

Miami: Two (58th and 59th)

New York: Three (9th through 11th)

Winner: New York

INDIVIDUAL FLOOR ACCESS WITH PRIVATE ELEVATOR

Miami: Yes, given the apartment has three of them - the main elevator that services the building, the apartment's own elevator that goes from floors 58 to 59 and another private elevator to the helipad

New York: Yes

Winner: Tie, sort of?

HELIPORT

Miami: Yes, the building has its own heliport

New York: This is New York, so no, there is no heliport Winner: Miami, if that's your thing

PRIVATE INDOOR POOL

Miami: Yes

New York: No, but there is a spa in the building

Winner: Miami

ZAHA FLAIR?

Miami: The building is unmistakably her design. The apartment, not so much

New York: Just look at those windows, terraces, that kitchen...

Winner: New York

EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE

Miami: The building will be done in 2017, the penthouse in 2018 (due to the expected level of customisation by the buyer)

New York: Early 2017

Winner: New York and one lucky, antsy billionaire

Overall winner: Miami. The indoor pool pretty much sealed the deal

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 07, 2015, with the headline 'Hadid's US buildings square off'. Print Edition | Subscribe