West Village Penthouse

This West Village renovation project combines two separate apartments into an expansive 4,200-square-foot duplex penthouse unit. Gluckman Tang was challenged with concealing structural columns remaining between apartments from the original 1920s garage floorplan, utilizing a large storage wall to segment the public spaces from the more private ones, while leaving open spaces on both floors that extend across the full width of the space. All public spaces were planned for upstairs, with a master suite and guest quarters filling out the downstairs, intersected by a staircase connecting the two levels and the roof terrace.

Creating a refuge from busy city streets was central to the client's vision. Retractable partitions were layered in to establish a series of private spaces. Panels of stainless-steel mesh can slide across the front of the kitchen, demarcating an airy dining area juxtaposing the bold rigidity of the kitchen. Other variable spaces include a mirrored screen separating sitting and sleeping areas in the master bedroom, and painted battens enclosing a serene staircase and intimate library area. Greyed tones were selected over stark whites traditionally found in art collector homes, softening the feel of hard surfaces. Art from Yves Klein, Yayoi Kusama, and Matthias Bitzer adorn the walls, complimented by a collection of mostly custom mid-century furniture defined by clean lines and tailored upholstery.