A townhouse in the sky in TriBeCa

This “townhouse in the sky” is a huge five-floor penthouse condo with expansive views and ample outdoor space perched on the roof of a nineteenth-century TriBeCa, New York building. Renovation of the warehouse that once housed ammunition for the Remington Arms Company and, later, champagne bottles for G.H. Mumm Company, was by architect Andrea Ballerini. The 10,911 square foot property was purchased for $13.5 million in 2001 by Edward Bazinet, who’s worth more than $100 million after retiring from the ceramic collectibles business he founded. The residence features seven bedrooms, fours bathrooms, three half bathrooms, library, media room/home theatre, Jacuzzi room, three large terraces, a fabulous roof garden, full floor master suite, 1,000 bottle wine cellar, rooftop gym and private elevator to connect floors.

An extensive renovation was done to the home back in 2001, with the addition of the fifth floor which currently houses a gym, wet bar, bathroom and separate terrace. Showcasing the client’s art was paramount to the design of this spectacular penthouse. Art works includes a three-story blue LED word displace near the staircase by Jenny Holzer, a 700-piece Dale Chihuly blown glass chandelier above the dining table, a Gerhard Richter painting that was recessed into the living room wall and a life-size Eric Fischl sculpture that lurks in the doorway on one side of the master bath.

This beyond incredible penthouse has been listed on the market for a staggering $28 million, from here.

A 24-foot window stretches two stories, letting natural light flood in to illuminate the Dale Chihuly chandelier, a Jason Brooks painting, and a 1,300-pound Antony Gormley sculpture that cantilevers from the wall. The wall beams had to be reinforced.

The massive steel fireplace wall features logs stacked on one side for purely decorative use; wood for burning is tucked away on the non-visible side.

Architect Andrea Ballerini designed this steel, glass, and plaster staircase; the steel is one piece and had to be craned in.

On the left: A greenhouse/solarium, with a Rita Jordens fountain, a nineteenth-century Italian bronze statue of Mercury by an unknown artist and a skull made from matches by artist David Mach.

On the right: The bath is two rooms joined by a marble shower; the floors are warmed by radiant heat. French doors (not seen) lead to the terrace.

The Jacuzzi room, with a chrome tub and Bisazza tile portrait of Napoleon on the wall. The clients customized the design so that the tiles became lighter toward the window.

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