Source: 1000 Museum

New York vs. Miami: The $50 Million Penthouse Battle From Zaha Hadid

A tale of the tape for billionaires.

The Anglo-Iraqi starchitect Zaha Hadid has designed just two residential buildings in the U.S., 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 $50 million. 

Unsurprisingly, both interiors are sleek, white, and glassy.
Unsurprisingly, both interiors are sleek, white, and glassy.
Source: (from left) 1000 Museum; 520 West 28th

Two trophy properties by a Pritzker Prize-winning architect and two almost identical price tags? (The Miami penthouse clocks in at a mere $49 million, the New York penthouse an even $50 million.) It’s practically begging for a head-to-head comparison.

They've both got the usual floor-to-ceiling glass windows, sweeping great rooms, libraries, and that ineffable, space-agey Zaha touch. In absolute terms, it's no secret you get more bang for your buck in Miami—the average price per square foot on the coastal mainland was just $234 in the third quarter of 2015, according to Douglas Elliman; in Manhattan during the same period, the average was a jaw-clenching $1,497. But the two penthouses’ amenities and individual design touches give each other a run for the money.

Without further ado, we give you Hadid North vs. Hadid South: $50 Million Edition.

How Much Interior Space?

Miami: 15,200 square feet
New York: 6,853 square feet

Winner: Miami, with more than twice the square footage

Terraces on both Hadid buildings.
Terraces on both Hadid buildings.
Source: (from left) 1000 Museum; 520 West 28th

How Gracious Are the Terraces? 

Miami: 1,270 square feet of terraces
New York: 2,552 square feet of terraces

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

 

That Means It’s How Much a Square Foot, Exactly?

Miami: $2,993
New York: $5,316

Winner: The developers

The floor plan of One Thousand Miami and an early rendering of 520 West 28th Street.
The floor plan of One Thousand Miami and an early rendering of 520 West 28th Street.
Source: (from left) 1000 Museum; 520 West 28th
The final rendering of 520 West 28th Street.
The final rendering of 520 West 28th Street.
Source: 520 West 28th

About Those Views ... 

Miami: The Miami skyline, Biscayne Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean from almost 60 stories in the air
New York: The New York skyline and the much-frequented High Line park

Winner: Miami

 

How Many Bedrooms and Baths? 

Miami: 6 bedrooms, 6 full baths, 2 half baths
New York 5 bedrooms, 6 full baths, 1 half bath

Winner: Miami, barely

Both penthouses are spread out over multiple floors.
Both penthouses are spread out over multiple floors.
Source: (from left) 1000 Museum; Hayes Davidson/Courtesy of 520 West 28th

Spread Out Over How Many Floors? 

Miami: 2 (58th and 59th)
New York: 3 (9th through 11th)

Winner: New York

 

But Can I Access Each Floor With My Own 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 floor 58 to 59, and another private elevator to the helipad.
New York: Yes

Winner: Tie, sort of?

One Thousand Museum and its heliport.
One Thousand Museum and its heliport.
Source: 1000 Museum

Oh Right ... a Heliport?

Miami: Yes, the building has its own heliport.
New York: This is New York, so no, there is not a heliport. There is a roof terrace with its own outdoor kitchen, refrigerator, sink, and barbecue grill, though. 

Winner: Miami, if that’s your thing.

 

Is There a Private Indoor Pool?

Miami: Yes
New York: No, but there’s a spa in the building

Winner: Miami

Miami's private indoor pool.
Miami's private indoor pool.
Source: 1000 Museum

Is There a Media Room?

Miami: Yes
New York: Yes 

Winner: The person who coined the term “media room.”

 

What About a Wet Bar? 

Miami: No.
New York: Yes.

Winner: New York

Renderings of New York's media room, pool at the shared spa, and building's robotic garage.
Renderings of New York's media room, pool at the shared spa, and building's robotic garage.
Source: 520 West 28th

What About That Zaha Flair?

Miami: The building is unmistakably her design. The apartment, not so much.
New York: Just look at those windows, those terraces, that kitchen ….

Winner: New York

 

When Will It Be Completed?

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

Winner: New York and one lucky, antsy billionaire

Views of One Thousand Museum.
Views of One Thousand Museum.
Source: 1000 Museum

Overall Winner

Miami. The indoor pool pretty much sealed the deal. Still, Miami might have way more water than it would like in the very near future, so ... we hope whoever buys it tricks out that helipad.

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