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.
photos: Ellen McDermott Photography