Movin’ on up, now more than ever encapsulates stunning design,
impeccable service, effortless living from the time the sun rises to
well after the sun sets. We’ve been noticing a rising trend in the
sheer number of luxury residences - we recently told you about an
exclusive collection of seaside properties
in Abu Dhabi. And now from New York to Buenos Aires, and from Moscow to
Beijing, we’ll reveal a few more of the coolest luxury abodes.
Many of us have been accustomed to the stylistic cues offered by W
Hotels across the world — but how many of us will actually have a
chance to pick up the phone from our own kitchens and receive
assistance from the ‘Whatever, Whenever’ hotline? Soon, for those
who jumped at the chance to purchase a W-styled apartment in one of
their newest locations south of the World Trade Centre in New York
City, the possibilities will be limitless.
may share the building with distinguished hotel guests in
the lower portion of Manhattan, but luxury amenities such as a rooftop
terrace, a fitness centre and spa in the sky, a media screening room
and digital lounge, as well as a separate entrance, will be solely for
those permanently living in the upper floors of the luxury tower.
While the W Hotel New York Downtown will take up the first twenty-two
floors, the upper levels have been split into furnished residences
(Floors 23-30) and customised residences (Floors 33-56). Interior
design exceeds expectations, even by W standards, with sleek and
functional kitchen built-ins to a translucent wall from the bedroom to
a ‘peek-a-boo loo.’
A bit further in the heart of Tribeca,
Place is destined be the epitome of luxury
residences. The 20-storey building will contain 55 one-, two-,
three- and four-bedroom units that will be set up as duplex lofts on
the lower floors; single-level city residents above; plus three triplex
penthouses each with a rooftop terrace and serviced by private internal
The building itself, designed by Dutch architect Ben van Berkell of
UNStudio, will be wrapped in a series of horizontal black metallic
bands — each of which ungulates as it curves around and hugs the frame
of the structure. The façade is apparently a direct tribute to
the original 19th-century built form of cast iron that shaped lower
Manhattan — and the metallic surface will reflect light while
highlighting the magnificence of the neighbouring buildings.
The building’s façade is not merely about aesthetics, as the bands will also
create shading from the daylight, deflect heat, and guarantee every
residence will have the highest degree of privacy, and simultaneously frame unparalleled views out across Manhattan.
The Loft Residences on the levels have a double-height
living area that maximises the light entering the space. The height
of the great room continues on through a gallery where a white
lacquered library wall ascends up into the second level.
The upper-tier City Residences feature integrated terraces off the
main living areas, and all units are custom-fitted with B&B Italia
kitchens and built-ins throughout. The master bathrooms feature a
circular sliding wall that allows the bathroom to become part of the bedroom and share its spectacular city views.
And for those at the top, the five ultra-luxurious Sky Penthouses are
unmatched in practically every aspect. Again, B&B Italia has
masterfully crafted the space, including the kitchen. Sweeping
views from every room, even the master bathroom, automatically heighten
the occupants’ awareness of their place in the cityscape and the
The skylines of our cities are rapidly changing — ingeniously
designed buildings are competing for our attention. But architectural
beauty alone is not going to provide the type of service we’re growing
accustomed to expecting after spending millions on luxury lifestyle. We
feel that the rise of luxury residences has only just begun — and we
want to know all about it. If you are aware of luxury residences we
should investigate, please let us know. By Andrew J Wiener.