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.
Miami: 15,200 sq ft
New York: 6,853 sq ft
Winner: Miami, with more than twice the square footage
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
New York: US$5,316
Winner: The developers
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
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?
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
New York: No, but there is a spa in the building
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