Luxurious Manhattan Penthouse: A Fusion of Natural Wood and Steel

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It’s a well-known fact that Manhattan is one of the most affluent and most beautiful areas of New York City, which is why its apartments are some of the most beautifully designed, spacious and comfortable. The renovation project for the Central Park West Penthouse was carried out by Foley Fiore Architecture and involved the creation of a new kitchen as well as the implementation of new social living areas and private areas, not to mention the complete reimagining of the abode’s design.

Foley Fiore Architecture enlisted the help of Jake Ducharme in order to create a very important curved zinc wall, which was implemented in order to accommodate a zinc kitchen bar, a dining banquette and a series of hanging steel benches. In order to counteract the extensive use of steel and glass elements, the designers opted to furnish the apartment using exquisite pieces made out of natural wood. The furniture pieces flaunt calming tones of brown, beige, purple and dark gray, and they are complemented by a sublime central oasis signed by Foley Fiore Architecture, which aims to give off an allure of tranquility and lightness.

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From the Foley Fiore Architecture:

This penthouse apartment is hidden beneath the curved copper mansard roof of a Manhattan landmark building. It was artfully created by the former owner out of storage rooms, a one bedroom apartment, and unused space in the building’s decorative turret. The goals for this renovation were to provide ample communal living spaces with private retreats for a young family with two teenage children; to maximize the views to Central Park and the interior garden; to create a great working kitchen with a connection to the living spaces; and to shake the eighties feeling out of the design. The unique steel structure supporting the mansard roof was exposed to create a loft-like feeling.

Working with metal fabricator Jake Ducharme, Foley Fiore Architecture designed a sculptural curved zinc wall which houses a dining banquette; a zinc kitchen bar; and hanging steel benches at the park-facing windows. Large scale metal sliding doors provide a gateway to the garden beyond and steel and glass doors create privacy for the master bedroom and second level loft bedroom while maintaining the view. Kathryn Scott Design Studio provided elegant yet comfortable furnishings in a neutral palette to provide balance to the steel and glass. Gunn Landscape Architecture worked with the owners and Foley Fiore Architecture to create an internal oasis at the center of the apartment with a sense of light and beauty at all times of the year.

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