29th Street Penthouse
New York, NY
The 29th Street Penthouse is an apartment for a European artist and collector in New York’s flower district. We opened the buildings envelope to transform the apartment’s relationship to the Empire State Building. Spaces are organized in the “donut” shaped apartment around building’s core in a clockwise manner from apartment entry to public rooms to private rooms. Continuing in the same direction a new floating stair takes you up to the roof terrace for views of the skyline. The penthouse entry opens into a new custom glass and steel terrace enclosure providing unobstructed views of the Empire State Building just to the north, with a cast-in-place concrete bench to sit and take in the views. Large windows around the apartment’s perimeter connect it to the city. At night, light from the Empire State building reflects off of the white satin lacquer core walls and the polished concrete floor, changing the hue of the apartment as it changes with the calendar. All of the wood in the apartment is reclaimed from the fir beams of a demolished New York building, used in different cuts and textures, including the suspended closet boxes in the main hall clad in rough cut planks.