MVRDV has been commissioned by Young Woo & Associates to redesign PH1, a 3,598 ft² (approx. €334 m²) penthouse in an exclusive building in New York's West Chelsea district. The 3 bedroom duplex features 80 feet (24 m) frontage over the Hudson River, 668 ft² (approx. 62 m²) exterior space and a ‘sky vault’, transforming the stairs into a gallery and safe. The penthouse on the 12th and 13th floors can be reached by car through a personal elevator which carries the car to the apartment.
By creating the Sky Garage, Young Woo transformed the notion of urban living and sets a new precedent for architectural development. Now his firm brings in the MVRDV design team to expand on his vision of the Sky Garage, once more addressing the ever-present issue of space, flow and movement. PH1 is now home to Woo’s newest, most exclusive creation: the Sky Vault. Already connected via elevator, the lower and upper level of PH1 are now joined by the Sky Vault—a disappearing, glass-encased staircase and vertical chamber. 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. Offering a glass ceiling, Cumaru stairs, extending glass railing and operable hatch for access, the Sky Vault transforms the stairwell into a safe and a gallery.
Re-imagined, the home’s new layout will be dressed in exquisite high-end finishes. Adding to the list of renovations for PH1 is the Sky Garage, accessed by a personal elevator that carries the car to the parking space adjoining the apartment in less than 60 seconds. Now completely clad in wall-to-ceiling, high gloss stainless steel, the reflective garage space, with large windows to the East, will highlight the parked vehicle as well as the city views.
Renovated to increase usable square footage, the lower level will consist of a Master Bedroom with En Suite Master Bathroom and Walk-In-Closet, a Family Room/Study, and a Second Bedroom with En Suite Bathroom. The upper level is home to the enlarged living and dining area, made possible with the increased floor area gained from relocating the stairwell to the “Sky Vault.” The upper level also features a Powder Room, Disappearing Kitchen, Guest Bedroom with en suite Guest Bathroom, en suite Car Garage and two large Loggia-like terraces with wide city and water views to the North, East, and South.
Annabelle Selldorf’s 200 11th Avenue stands at the epicentre of West Chelsea — New York’s ever rising “starchitecture district” and home to the Highline Park. Selldorf Architects unveiled the project in 2010 with New York City-based developer Young Woo & Associates and A. Zahner Company.
Appropriately situated among the plethora of New York City’s contemporary art galleries, 200 11th Avenue was one of the first projects to capitalize on the residential rezoning of the neighbourhood. Spanning 19 stories and dressed in a sculptural stainless steel façade and cast gunmetal glazed terra cotta, 200 11th consists of a 16-story tower sitting atop a 3-story plinth. Maintaining the aesthetic integrity of its surrounding buildings whilst imprinting its iconic style on West Chelsea’s changing complexion, 200 11th also offers panoramic views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline. Home to only 14 unique apartments, residents get to enjoy every amenity luxury has to offer: 24/7 attended lobby, key-lock elevator entry, fully equipped fitness facility overlooking the Hudson, and even A-list neighbours.