Nineteen foot ceilings define the living room in this Chelsea penthouse. This renovation was an exercise in balancing this height laterally and visually. This was achieved with two primary moves. First, the first floor kitchen and dining area was pushed back to devote the double height space to the living area. Second, a small mezzanine window within an overhead solid wall were replaced with two oversized glass sliding partitions. The sliding glass wall dramatically opens the master bedroom to the double height space and views while allowing for sound privacy when desired. Lutron shades provide visual privacy when needed.
Also updated was the entrance hall. A glass banister opens up the horizontal space opposite white oak paneling which conceals a guest bedroom door, laundry, and storage space. The hall terminates at a new 370 gallon aquarium.
The second phase of this renovation pertained to the terraces. Below, oversized planters and furniture were replaced with multiple tiers of planters differentiated by type of plant and material including stainless steel, wood, and corten. On the upper terrace, tiers of varying heights form steps, a sun bathing platform, planters, and a hot tub. Privacy is provided via a custom stainless steel screen perforated with a pattern by artist Vico Perez Maldonado.