Tour a Tribeca Penthouse That Goes Beyond Custom-made

Behind these walls are a powder room, a second kitchen, a fire stair, and the mechanical room. Photo: Courtesy of Young Projects and Jon Cielo
Illustration: Jason Lee

Scott and Mia had been living in Tribeca since 2002, but in 2010, with kids on the way, they needed more room. Scott had always loved the neighborhood’s iconic Gerken Building, a noble limestone-and-brick structure that once housed the New York National Exchange Bank, so they were excited when a duplex there came on the market. “At the time, it was more space — the apartment is 6,000 square feet — than we needed,” Scott says, “and it had been renovated in the mid-’80s: cut up into many small rooms and finished primarily in white tile and mirrors. The Jacuzzi tub behind the master bed was the coup de grâce. Very Miami Vice.” But the space was exceptional, and so they bought the apartment. “It was really important for us to create something new and something that had the quality of art as well as architecture,” Scott says. Their architect, Bryan Young, principal of Young Projects, researched plaster techniques that were once used to make crown moldings and came up with his own method of “pulled plaster” to create the dramatic, sculptural finish on the walls that surround the core of the apartment. Young and his team also plopped an open-air, 300-square-foot courtyard in the middle of the 14th floor by cutting through the roof. “It’s a real treat to sit in the kitchen with a cup of coffee listening to the rain fall in the courtyard,” Scott says. “And during the big storm this winter, we had our very own full-scale snow globe.”

*A version of this article appears in the April 4, 2016 issue of New York Magazine.

Tour a Penthouse That Goes Beyond Custom-made