Sky Vault Penthouse

Architecture by MVRDV, in Sky - Luxury Apartment Rentals NYCNew York, NY

Architecture by MVRDV seen at Sky - Luxury Apartment Rentals NYC, New York - Sky Vault Penthouse
Architecture by MVRDV seen at Sky - Luxury Apartment Rentals NYC, New York - Sky Vault PenthouseArchitecture by MVRDV seen at Sky - Luxury Apartment Rentals NYC, New York - Sky Vault PenthouseArchitecture by MVRDV seen at Sky - Luxury Apartment Rentals NYC, New York - Sky Vault Penthouse
Image credit: Evan Joseph
They say that in New York City, small is sophisticated, at least when it comes to apartments. MVRDV transformed the interior of this penthouse, sitting at the highest end of the luxury market, with features such as a glass enclosed storage vault, a mirror finished garage and a customized bathroom fully clad in softly glowing walls, while optimizing floor space and usability. Re-imagined, the home’s new layout will be dressed in exquisite high-end finishes, including Dornbracht taps, a customized bath sculpture and a spiral flooring pattern. The existing Sky Garage, accessed by a personal elevator that carries your car to the parking space adjoining the apartment in less than 60 seconds, has also been trasnformed. Now completely clad in wall-to-ceiling, high gloss stainless steel, the reflective garage space, with large windows to the East, will highlights high end vehicles as well as the incredible city views. Renovated to increase usable square footage, the lower level consists of a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom in fully clad in a custom, translucent white resin to create a softly glowing, relaxing atmosphere. A world class walk-in-closet, and a sculptural bathtub have also been added to the bedroom. The rest of the lower floor consists of a double height study, along with a second bedroom with ensuite. The Sky Vault connects the two floors, and is a disappearing, glass-encased staircase and vertical chamber. It is designed to provide storage for unique collections owned by the apartment’s owner, whether they be shoes, wine, or something entirely more exotic. Maximizing efficiency and creating character, the Sky Vault is on display as the heart of PH1 and is an exhibition for its residents’ most prized possessions. Boasting a walkable glass ceiling, teak stairs, and automated extending glass railing and hatch for access, the Sky Vault transforms the stairwell into a safe and a gallery — becoming its own work of art in the process. CREDITS: Architect: MVRDV; Principal in charge: Winy Maas; Partner: Frans de Witte; Design team: Gijs Rikken; Copyright: MVRDV: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries; Partners: Co-architect: HTO-architect; Contractor: The Moon Group; Civil engineer: RSA Protect; Structural engineer: Potential Engineering, PC; Photographer: Evan Joseph

Meet the Creator

"MVRDV was founded in 1993 by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. Based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, we have a global scope, providing solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues in all regions of the world. Our highly collaborative, research-based design method involves clients, stakeholders, and experts from a wide range of fields from early on in the creative process. The results are exemplary, outspoken projects that enable our cities and landscapes to develop towards a better future.

The work of MVRDV is exhibited and published worldwide and has received numerous international awards. Two hundred and fifty architects, designers and urbanists develop projects in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative design process that involves rigorous technical and creative investigation. MVRDV works with BIM and has official in-house BREEAM and LEED assessors.

The products of MVRDV’s unique approach to design vary, ranging from buildings of all types and sizes, to urban plans and visions, numerous publications, installations and exhibitions. Completed projects include the Netherlands Pavilion for the World EXPO 2000 in Hannover; the Market Hall, a combination of housing and retail in Rotterdam; the Pushed Slab, a sustainable office building in Paris’ first eco-district; Flight Forum, an innovative business park in Eindhoven; the Silodam Housing complex in Amsterdam; the Matsudai Cultural Centre in Japan; the Unterföhring office campus near Munich; the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam; the Ypenburg housing and urban plan in The Hague; the Didden Village rooftop housing extension in Rotterdam; the music centre De Effenaar in Eindhoven; the Gyre boutique shopping center in Tokyo; a public library in Spijkenisse; an international bank headquarters in Oslo, Norway; and the iconic Mirador and Celosia housing in Madrid.

Current projects include a public art depot in Rotterdam, the transformation of a mixed-use building in central Paris, mixed-use high-rises in New York and Shenzhen, and a variety of housing projects in the Netherlands, France, China, India, and other countries. MVRDV is also working on large-scale urban masterplans in Bordeaux and Caen, France and the masterplan for an eco-city in Logroño, Spain. Larger scale visions for the future of greater Paris, greater Oslo, and the doubling in size of the Dutch new town Almere are also in development.

Our research-oriented approach is exemplified by The Why Factory, an independent think tank and research institute that we run together with the Delft University of Technology, which provides an agenda for architecture and urbanism by envisioning the city of the future. This research leads us to deal with issues ranging from global sustainability in large-scale studies such as Pig City, to small, pragmatic architectural solutions for devastated areas such as New Orleans.

MVRDV first published a manifesto of its work and ideas in FARMAX (1998), followed by MetaCity/Datatown (1999), Costa Iberica (2000), Regionmaker (2002), 5 Minutes City (2003), KM3 (2005), Spacefighter (2007) and Skycar City (2007), The Vertical Village (with The Why Factory, 2012) and the firm’s first monograph of built works MVRDV Buildings (2013, with an updated edition published in 2015)."

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