Olympic Tower

New York | Midtown | 3100 sf of 4170 overall


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The owners of this Olympic Tower two story penthouse wanted to return to the same pied-à-terre except with two new bathrooms, one new bedroom, and a new show stopping wine refrigerator.

A major challenge was finding space to safely store and display a large number of wine bottles. The solution was to hide them in plain sight as an entrance sculpture piece. The wine refrigerator is made from ‘glass on a switch’. When the switch is on, current runs through the glass in an opaque white pattern mimicking the Ipanema sidewalks in Rio, Brazil. When the switch is turned off, the glass becomes clear and the wine bottles are visible – up to 294 of them held in a custom case of the same pattern.

Upstairs, the kitchen floor, a guest suite, and staff area were updated. The majority of renovation work was focused downstairs where a new guest suite was carved out. As the owner uses the apartment to entertain guests, it was important that the guest rooms be equitable and independent. Each guest room is accessed from the downstairs hall through a closeted passage. An en-suite bathroom was added to the new bedroom. The master suite was reconfigured with a paneled anteroom connecting the closet, bathroom, and bedroom.

The interior design of the bedrooms sought to blend the modern architecture of the building, built in 1976, with the traditional elements such as ornate crown molding added at a later date. Balance was achieved by adding mid-century furniture, Barovier glass, and richly textured wall coverings to existing contemporary art and furniture from a previous renovation by interior designer, David Bastos. The result is what the owners desired – their penthouse functionally renovated with a continuity of elegance.

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