West Village Penthouse
The reconfiguration of three pre-war apartments into a three bedroom, three-and-a-half bath duplex penthouse in a landmark building included the build out of undeveloped roof space as an additional indoor/outdoor living area. The existing interior walls in the apartments were demolished to create an open floor plan with expansive vertical and horizontal vistas.
In the twenty-five foot high entry foyer, an open staircase rising toward a skylight accentuates an axis of light and space. Skylights added in the sixty-five foot wide open living space and a wall of eight windows overlooking the West Village extend vertical and horizontal spatial volumes as well as the dialogue between the interior and exterior. Recessed doors partition spaces, including a nine-foot long floor-to-ceiling sliding door between the living space and master suite. The combination of earthen materials (steel and wood) and the transparent/opaque (glass and white Corian, tiles, walls) produce a grounding contrast that suffuses the apartment with texture and a calm visual continuity.
On the upper floor, structural and visual elements suspend delineations between indoor and outdoor. South facing floor-to-ceiling folding glass doors open into a thirty-foot wide portal; an interior fireplace warms both inside and out; the wooden floor transits to the exterior. The interior color palette rematerializes in an open-air living area with an outdoor kitchen which levitates above the city. In the evening, twin beacons of light rise from concealed coves inside the skylights. The high parapet, punctured by four horizontal windows, and twenty-foot birch trees planted along the roof’s edges create an outdoor room framed by the open sky.
Photographs by Paul Warchol