Fifth Avenue
New York City


The design for the penthouse, with potentially unlimited views of Manhattan and Central Park, revolved around several ideas: first, to remove walls, enabling views from every room; second, to allow natural light to establish the character of each space; third, to create a serene refuge from the cacophony of the city; and fourth, to create a feeling of grandeur using modern materials and a contemporary sense of space and proportion. The dark walls form the background for a few essential objects: hearth, media cabinet, sun court, bed, and bathtub. The living spaces are oriented toward the sun court, which creates a vertical connection to the sky, like a clearing in a forest. Luxurious surface materials – wood, marble, limestone, bronze, and plaster – evoke a sensory delight.

Photographs by Todd Eberle and Bill Timmerman