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L to R: 42 Crosby Street/Annabelle Selldorf, 520 West 28th Street/Zaha Hadid, 15 Hudson Yards/Liz Diller L to R: 42 Crosby Street/Annabelle Selldorf, 520 West 28th Street/Zaha Hadid, 15 Hudson Yards/Liz Diller
It has been proclaimed that “the future is female,” but women have made a mark on New York City’s history as well. The new plaza taking shape to connect the DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights sections of Brooklyn Bridge Park will be named Emily Roebling Plaza in honor of Emily Warren Roebling, the engineer who oversaw the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge in the wake of her husband's illness. The writings of Ada Louise Huxtable and Jane Jacobs had an indelible impact on the city’s planning and architecture. On a more ignominious note, the “post-war miracle” designed by Natalie de Blois at 270 Park Avenue, is the world’s largest building to ever be intentionally demolished, so as to make way for new headquarters for JPMorgan Chase.

In honor of International Women’s Day, CityRealty takes a look at residential buildings designed by architectural luminaries like Annabelle Selldorf, Nancy Ruddy, Liz Diller, and the late Dame Zaha Hadid. Not only have these innovative buildings risen in some of New York’s most highly sought-after neighborhoods, but they were instrumental in putting some areas on the map.

Dame Zaha Hadid
520 West 28th Street Phot by Hufton Crow for Related Companies
Dame Zaha Hadid was the first woman to win the prestigious Pritzker Prize of Architecture, and a look at 520 West 28th Street is enough to see what made her well deserving of the honor. Its sculptural form, curved lines, and unique windows make tourists on the High Line stop and stare. Her firm designed the interiors as well as the facade, and all units feature incredible light, soaring ceilings, and custom wall paneling. See full details here.

Francoise Raynaud
110-Charlton-Street-01 All images of Greenwich West via Alan Tansey
As the Hudson Square section of Downtown Manhattan makes the transition to a highly coveted residential neighborhood, its history as a printing district will not be forgotten at Greenwich West. Designer Francoise Raynaud, the first French female architect to design a New York City tower, combines 20th-century European design with classic New York architectural details like Art Deco-inspired corners and individual casement windows. In a 2019 interview about the project, she told CityRealty, "We want the building to be fully integrated into this New York spirit, but at the same time it had to be recognizable and refined." See full details here.

Liz Diller
15 Hudson Yards Photo by Timothy Schenck
Hudson Yards transformed an abandoned railyard into New York's newest neighborhood, and Fifteen Hudson Yards, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group, sits at the heart of it. From a distance, its towering, 914-foot height and elegant silhouette make it a graceful addition to the New York skyline. Closer to the site, it overlooks Thomas Heatherwick's Vessel sculpture and adjoins performance venue The Shed as well as the High Line. See full details here.

Annabelle Selldorf
21-East-12th-Street-01 Rendering by Selldorf Architects
This recently completed, 22-story mixed-use building designed by Annabelle Selldorf rose on the former site of Greenwich Village institution Bowlmor Lanes. The street-level retail is dressed in an industrious metal and glass skin, while the residential component boasts sandstone-colored stone, a gracious setback, and oversized casement windows that complement its neighbors in the Greenwich Village Historic District. See full details here.

10-Bond-Street-1 10 Bond Street | Photo by Nicholas Venezia via Selldorf Architects
To look at 10 Bond Street from the cobble-stoned street, it would appear that the weathered steel and terra cotta building has been part of its historic neighborhood for decades. However, the seven-story boutique cooperative went up in the mid-2010's with Annabelle Selldorf's eponymous firm taking inspiration from the building's cast-iron neighbors and receiving the blessing of the Landmarks Preservation Commission for it. Selldorf Architects also designed the building's stylish, loft-like interiors that have attracted the likes of Gigi Hadid. See full details here.

200-Eleventh-Avenue-01 200 Eleventh Avenue via Elliman
200 Eleventh Avenue was built on the edge of the High Line with a design by Annabelle Selldorf that makes the most of spectacular Hudson River and elevated park views. Many new, amenity-rich, architecturally adventurous buildings have sprung up around the High Line since then, but none with this one's signature amenity: "sky garages" that allow residents to drive to the building, get on a car elevator, and park right next to their apartments. See full details here.

42 Crosby Street Rendering by Selldorf Architects
In the heart of the Soho-Cast Iron Historic District, Annabelle Selldorf presents a modern interpretation of the classic cast-iron loft with 42 Crosby Street, a sleek, shiny building clad in glass and stainless steel. The materials may look incongruous, but its proportions and details echo its context. These factors were surely instrumental in its passing muster with the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and later in selling out relatively quickly. See full details here.

Nancy Ruddy
212-West-18th-Street-01 All images of Walker Tower via Compass
Walker Tower takes its name from the original architect of the telephone switch building that went up in 1929. Nearly 100 years later, CetraRuddy restored the original Art Deco design with the utmost reverence while adding four stories and thin spires to bring it into the 21st century. Some of the setbacks have been converted to overlook terraces, and interiors feature spacious layouts, soaring ceilings, and state-of-the-art infrastructure and appliances. See full details here.

23-East-22nd-Street-01 One Madison via CityRealty
23-East-22nd-Street-02 Interiors via The Modlin Group
At one point, the slender tower at 23 East 22nd Street was expected to be accompanied by a companion building on a neighboring site. However, the sculptural tower makes a compelling statement on its own with its cantilevering cubes, innovative structural system, and jaw-dropping views from every apartment. Owners have included Rupert Murdoch, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, and Fredrik Eklund. See full details here.

30-East-29th-Street-01 All images of Rose Hill via CORE NYC
In the heart of NoMad, CetraRuddy combined the height of today's skyscrapers with a masonry-inspired facade and striking crown to create a new interpretation of "the great American skyscraper." In an interview with CityRealty, Nancy Ruddy said, "We try to respond to modern living" of the "flex spaces" that come with every unit and may now be appreciated as never before. See full details here.

212-West-95th-Street-01 All images of Dahlia via Reuveni Real Estate
On the Upper West Side, the elegant and expansive design of Dahlia serves as the architectural embodiment of the flower for which it was named. The apartments inside feature soaring ceilings, high-end finishes, well-proportioned living space, stylish kitchens and baths, and generous closet space in the bedrooms. Several units have private terraces, and all residents have access to indoor and outdoor amenities, including a 5,100-square-foot elevated terrace. See full details here.

200-East-59th-Street-01 All images of 200 East 59th Street via Douglas Elliman
On the cusp of Midtown East and the Upper East Side, both the apartments and amenities at 200 East 59th Street are enhanced by a bright aesthetic, floor-to-ceiling windows that fill the space with natural light, and wraparound bands of glass-railed balconies. In addition to private outdoor space, residents enjoy incredible privacy, soaring ceilings, designer kitchens, and luxurious primary suites. See full details here.

Audrey Matlock
57-Irving-Place-01 Irving Place via Audrey Matlock
Architecture critic Carter Horsley calls Irving Place "the most modern building in the Gramercy Park/Irving Place neighborhood," and indeed, its address on the edge of the Gramercy Park Historic District allows for such a cutting-edge design. The refined glass changes color and transparency depending on lighting condition, and it surrounds a "living facade" with the internal planning giving shape to the face of the building. See full details here.

447 West 18th Street interiors Chelsea Modern via Stribling
Half a block from the High Line, this extremely attractive mid-rise apartment building was designed by Audrey Matlock and distinguished by a complex, angled façade and blue-tinted facade that brings the nearby Hudson River to mind. Each floor has three bands of windows that Ms. Matlock referred to as visual "dashes," and they open outward parallel to the facade to let light and air in. See full details here.

Winka Dubbeldam
497 Greenwich Street Photo via ScottParks International Realty
Before Hudson Square began its transformation from industrial to residential, The Greenwich Street Project presented an appealing vision of what the area and architecture could be. By integrating an existing brick loft building with a new steel and glass structure, and by adding cantilevered balconies overlooking the Hudson River, acclaimed architect Winka Dubbledam married the old and the new in a very artful and environmentally pleasing way. Six small parapets serve as a "crease" that creates the impression of sewing the two buildings together. See full details here.

33 Vestry Street
Design by Archi-Tectonics

33-Vestry-Street-01 V33 via CityRelty
Shortly after Winka Dubbeldam took New York by storm with The Greenwich Street Project (see above), her firm turned its attention to Tribeca with V33. The front facade is comprised of interlinked translucent stone sheaths, glass, and metal panels, and the rear facade is slightly angled and ever more dramatic. It is little wonder the boutique condominium sold out quickly. See full details here.

Lindy Roy

519 West 23rd Street
Design by Roy Studio
1 three-bedroom unit for $4.4M

519-West-23rd-Street-1 High Line 519 via Elliman
When 520 West 28th Street was still a twinkle in Zaha Hadid's eye (see above), award-winning architect Lindy Roy designed the first new residential building adjacent to the High Line. The resulting 12-story condominium fuses contemporary architecture, European elegance and raw Chelsea charm. The steel screens on the south facade skim over an all-glass surface, and the north facade of the building has balconies that act as a front-row seat to the High Line. See full details here.

Architect Photo Credits:

Annabelle Selldorf via Selldorf Architects
Zaha Hadid By Dmitry Ternovoy [FAL], via Wikimedia Commons
Liz Diller via Diller Scofidio + Renfro
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