Loft Peeping: Gerken Building Penthouse

Gerken penthouse rooftop garden view photo courtesy of Young Projects and Jon CieloNew York magazine’s Design Hunting featured the Tribeca penthouse of Mia and Scott [last names redacted at their request], atop the Gerken Building at W. Broadway and Chambers. You might recognize the above photo from when the apartment won “Best of 2015: Interior Residential” from the Architect’s Newspaper.

The owners bought the two-level, 6,000-square-foot apartment in 2010. During a renovation in the 1980s, said Scott, the property was “cut up into many small rooms and finished primarily in white tile and mirrors. The Jacuzzi tub behind the master bed was the coup de grâce. Very Miami Vice.” They hired Young Projects to tackle the architectural changes; chief among them was the removal of a section of roof to create a 300-square-foot courtyard. “During the big storm this winter, we had our very own full-scale snow globe,” said Scott. And they turned to Butter and Eggs for decorating. Some of you will remember when the company had a store on W. Broadway, where the Le Pain Quotidien is now.

Also of note:
••• Architect Bryan Young devised “his own method of ‘pulled plaster’ to create the dramatic, sculptural finish on the walls that surround the core of the apartment.”
••• There are two kitchens (one is hidden behind the “pulled-plaster” core.)
••• The centerpiece of the living room is a “five-piece stainless-steel screen, designed by Young Projects and fabricated by Kammetal, [that] can be pulled across the length of the entire 14th floor to separate the living area from the dining room.”
••• Landscaping in the courtyard and rooftop garden is by Future Green Studio.
••• The lounge and loveseat in the courtyard are made of concrete—and they can be heated.
••• The main staircase was set off the wall in order to allow light to seep underneath.

The text is by Wendy Goodman; the photos are courtesy of Young Projects and Jon Cielo. Visit Design Hunting’s post and slideshow for a very helpful floor plan, larger photos, decor credits, and the full text.

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