This expansive loft space covers the entire floor of a penthouse in the Urban Glass House, the final residential project designed by Philip Johnson. Selldorf Architects collaborated on the Urban Glass House building designing all the apartment layouts and finishes as well as the public spaces. The firm was then hired by the Penthouse owner to design their complete interiors.
Features of the apartment include six dozen floor-to-ceiling windows, a double-sided fireplace on a black granite base, and a 2,000 square foot terrace with 360-degree views overlooking the Hudson River and downtown Manhattan.
The Venetian plaster walls provide a gallery-like backdrop for the client’s extensive contemporary art collection, and a complementary backdrop to the exquisite furnishings, such as a Mira Nakashima bench, Florence Knoll sofas, and Carlo Scarpa vintage light fixtures.
The residence features several pieces from the Vica collection, the in-house furniture and furnishings company at Selldorf. A custom Selldorf designed Corian-top dining table sits on rosewood legs to provide a calming and substantial surface. Chevron-patterned oak floors, and linoleum kitchen cabinets echo elements found in Phillip Johnson’s original Glass House.
(Photography credits: Simon Upton)