Zaha Hadid's 520 West 28th Street

This Week at Home: Women in Architecture

In the spirit of the #TimesUp movement to promote equality in the workforce, we’re highlighting the accomplishments of women in architecture—a field in which just three of the top 100 firms are led by women. “For a woman to go out alone in architecture is still very, very hard,” trailblazing architect Zaha Hadid once said. “It’s still a man’s world.”

Someone Who Inspired Us

Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao, principal of her eponymous studio, used rammed earth, bricks and mirrored glass to make this vacation home blend into its wooded surroundings. The home features two structures arranged around a pool, and each of its bedrooms has a wall of glass that fully opens the space to the outdoors. “It’s not about the form or the shape of the building,” Bilbao said in a PLANE-SITE video, “it’s about what it does to people.”

Add It to Your Wishlist

If you want to get your kids interested in architecture or design, you can look for inspiration from The World Is Not a Rectangle, a children’s picture book about the life and work of architect Zaha Hadid. With colorful illustrations, the book explores Hadid’s childhood in Baghdad and her dreams of building cities, and highlights her best work.

Check It Out

You’ve seen the Brooklyn Bridge and One World Trade Center on the regular, but did you know that women designed or built these New York City landmarks? Read up on the women behind the Bethesda Fountain, Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site and Park Avenue Mall here, and then check out these iconic sites again.

Know Your Stuff

Pioneering Women of American Architecture is a collection of 50 profiles of women who have made important contributions to the field. “All of these women were born before 1940,” the site explains, “at a time when women struggled both to be allowed entry into the architectural profession and to be recognized for their work.”

Home Goals

Positioned on the High Line in West Chelsea, 520 West 28th Street was the first building Zaha Hadid completed in New York City. The 4,460-square-foot condo features an expansive great room with floor-to-ceiling motorized windows, which lead out to a 2,040-square-foot terrace with breathtaking city views. The property also features a private IMAX theater, 75-foot saline pool, spa suite with sauna and automated robotic parking. Represented by Licensed Associate RE Broker Vickey Barron.

Photos in order of appearance: Louise Harris Brown (third from right) at work in the office of Frank Kornacker via Pioneering Women of American Architecture; by Rory Gardiner via Dezeen; from The World is Not a Rectangle; Brooklyn Bridge photo via Marie Claire; Florence Knoll Bassett via Pioneering Women of American Architecture; via the Corcoran Group.