SkyHouse: Reaching All New Heights

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a skyscraper penthouse! Also known as SkyHouse, this four-story home is perched atop one of the earliest surviving skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan, New York. Boasting stunningly impressive views of various surrounding (not to mention famous) landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building, the residential penthouse was originally designed as the headquarters of a religious literature publisher. With the full participation of their art-loving clients, architect David Hotson and interior designer Ghislaine Vinas took this prime piece of property and turned it into a state-of-the-art living space like no other.

“The penthouse involved a complete re-imagining of the interior and all the remarkable relationships between this space and the vertical cityscape around it,” explained David. Previously vacant with nothing but a gas heater and a bathroom, David and Ghislaine outfitted the extraordinary 6,600 square foot space with over-the-top features such as a faceted stairwell, multi-level living room, glass-encased attic, even a steel column fitted with holds for anyone willing to climb the 50 foot height. Of all of SkyHouse’s outlandish attributes though, none are as mind-blowing as the spectacular 80 foot mirrored steel slide that glides, dips and coils all throughout the residence.

In terms of interior d├ęcor, Ghislaine kept it modern and cool with a whimsical twist. “The wood floors softened the look of the white and the bold colours pulled things together,” explained the designer. Vibrant colours, quirky ornaments, unique light fixtures and various pop-culture references add an altogether playful element to the home.

Though ultra-modern and minimalist in nature, the designers’ attention to details add a fun and comfortable feel to the space. The thought-provoking and intricate architectural experience combines with the eccentricity of the decor for that perfect balance of form and function.

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Story by Dayana Cadet, KA MAGAZINE