Photographs by David Allee
On paper, the penthouse with views of the High Line looked spectacular. Yet when developer Keith Jacobson saw the raw space, he was fairly sure the rooftop was a deal-breaker.
“It was just a rooftop with nothing on it, and the kitchen was two floors down,” Jacobson says. “You’d be running up and down the stairs all the time.”
But then his professional mind kicked in, and he decided to negotiate the rights to build a heated lap pool and outdoor kitchen on the roof so that it would become a real destination. He brought in Francis D’Haene, founder of D’Apostrophe Design, who had worked on Jacobson’s Miami home and his previous abode in the Richard Meier building on Perry Street. D’Haene and colleague Patrocinio Binuya handled both the rooftop and the penthouse interiors for Jacobson and his partner, Brian Rokicki.
“The biggest challenge was the size and placement of the pool, and all the structural work that comes with it,” says D’Haene. But he nailed it, and as Jacobson notes, “it certainly has exceeded my expectations.”