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Real Estate Showcase - Art and Architecture



The Gwathmey Siegel & Associates-designed SoHo Mews at 311 West Broadway is made up of fabulous lofts including penthouses, and townhouses with rear terrace gardens. From 1,225 to 3,900 square feet—ceilings and windows soar 10 feet up and floors are covered in Mafi Vulcano Oak wide-plank wood. Valcucine kitchens feature striated elm and smoked glass, granite worktops, and appliances from Miele, Sub-Zero, and Gaggenau. Valcucine master baths boast statuary white marble floors and walls, separate shower stalls, Kohler Tea-for-Two soaking tubs, and French walnut vanities topped with granite. Building goodies: Luxury Attachè services, New Museum of Contemporary Art memberships and Moss Shopping Club benefits, and a fitness room. The onsite Art Production Fund will host artful residents for tea and chats about contemporary art, create monthly newsletters about insider art world happenings, stock the building’s library shelves with art catalogues and articles, and curate indoor and outdoor art collections. From $2.4 million. OCCUPANCY LATE 2008.




A Playbill’s throw from Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, the Adagio on West 60th Street offers a mix of one to three bedroom condos with fireplaces, including penthouses. They range from 850 to 2,400 square feet and some have private outdoor space. Ceilings top out at 11 feet, with floor-to-ceiling windows and wide-plank Brazilian Ipe wood floors. Allmilmö custom kitchens feature appliances from Sub-Zero, Bosch, Miele, and Gaggenau, including wine coolers; Makasar wood cabinetry with CaesarStone countertops. Master baths come with limestone radiant heated floors, Thassos marble walls, Rainshower stalls and Zuma soaking tubs with statuary marble surrounds. The Allmilmö wenge wood vanities are also topped with statuary marble. There’s a resident’s lounge, a fitness room with a yoga and Pilates room, an indoor pool overlooking an English garden, an outdoor tennis court, and a business center. From $860,000. OCCUPANCY FALL 2007.




There are never more than two residences per floor at the Avant Chelsea at 245 West 19th Street. Most units are two bedrooms, many having outdoor space, and there are also four full-floor penthouses with working fireplaces and multiple terraces or enormous rooftop gardens. Square footage ranges from 1,103 to 1,903 square feet. Nine-foothigh ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and edge-cut bamboo wood floors are throughout. The open Baulthaup kitchens’ appliances are courtesy of Bosch and Sub-Zero including two-zone wine coolers. Cabinets are maple and laminate with Caesar Stone worktops. Baulthaup master baths feature custom-lacquered double-sink vanities and CaesarStone tops, large walk-in rain showers with benches, and Zuma tubs in select units. Full-size, in-home Maytag washer/dryers, garden with water wall, grill area and bar, fitness center with personal trainers, individual storage rooms and refrigerated lobby storage. From $1.5–$3.5 million. OCCUPANCY LATE 2007.


“Today architects have more freedom to express their own artistic creativity in residential building design,” says Ismael Leyva, president of Ismael Leyva Architects. “Both developers and buyers of the most sought-after residences have relied more on architects to create buildings that not only function well, but are ultimately regarded as standalone works of art.”