This luxury penthouse in New York was first a dark, closed apartment but was transformed by the renowned architectural firm Shelton Mindel into a high-end home full of light and with beautiful views. This 'Fifth Avenue' penthouse underwent an impressive transformation.
The pre-war apartment, overlooking the New York City Reservoir, had a closed plan and a centrally located elevator and staircore. The aim was to open up this property of 4500 f2 (about 418 m2), to create more light and to make a connection with the views and the surroundings. Not an easy task, but Shelton Mindelwass one hundred percent successful! They created a beautiful modern, open apartment.
The spaces seem to have no beginning and no end, creating an open look.
The central location of the elevator and stairs is now hidden by a white 'entrance cube'. A series of layers of white lacquered millwork and floor-to-ceiling windows provide extra light and a bright interior. White and wood are primary elements here. The spaces seem to have no beginning and no end, creating an open look. The designers used a rich and refined palette of materials, such as walnut cabinets, which is defined by the presence of light. There is a minimalist atmosphere. Both the sober but elegant interior and the spectacular views of the Reservoir, Central Park and Guggenheim Museum now come into their own. A fine example of interior design by Shelton Mindel! The studio was founded by Lee F. Mindel and Peter L. Shelton. With their renowned projects, they have already won thirty AIA Awards for Architecture, nine Interior Design Magazine Best of Year awards for residential and commercial interiors, three Roscoe awards for product design, and so on. So there was certainly no one better to take up the challenge of this project.
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