432 Park Avenue, Apt. 79

By anyone’s definition, this is one heavenly kitchen.

Not only is this kitchen literally in the heavens but the minimalist design is stunning in its own right.  And with a nod from the gods, this otherworldly kitchen skies as the newest addition to our ONE ROOM series.

The kitchen at Apartment 79 at 432 Park Avenue is a bit different than most kitchens that have graced this column.  Its strong architectural lines and minimal design evoke a sense of calmness.  If that doesn’t move you towards inner peace the panorama across Manhattan certainly will.

Apartment 79 is a full-floor five-bedroom residence spanning 8,055 square feet.  Spectacular space with spectacular views. The clouds seem as though they float through the residence.    The home also boasts permanent installations by world renowned artist and designer Hiroshi Sugimoto.

432 Park Avenue opened in 2015 as the tallest residential building in the world; today it’s the third tallest at 1396 feet.  No matter, the supertall has become a permanent fixture of the Manhattan skyline.   The full-service condominium soars 90 floors and contains 104 residential units.  The property, which is located at the corner of Park Avenue and 56th Street (the tower itself is actually more mid-block with a 56th Street entrance), was developed in partnership by real estate maverick Harry Macklowe and CIM Group at a cost of $1.25 billion.  Rafael Vinoly Architects is responsible for the building’s vertical grid design. 

Despite its New York address, Apartment 79 makes you feel like you’ve been whisked to Japan. The bespoke home has been designed in a traditional Japanese style of décor.  Each room outdoes the last, which is an astonishing phenomenon considering the simplicity of each space.

The kitchen (32×17) projects the same less-is-more aesthetic found throughout the residence but adds some industrial flair.   As with the rest of the apartment, the view is the thing.  Two tremendous windows measuring ten-by-ten gaze southward above the city.  Twelve-foot high ceilings add even more volume to this one-of-a-kind space.

Southern view from the kitchen.

Multiple walls of hand-hammered metal sheathing provides cover for storage.  Unusual but functional.  Along one wall, the designer added symmetrical rows of small round windows in the sheathing; the design reminds one of a ship’s portholes.  The enormous commercial grade hood above the Molteni is wrapped in the same hammered metal.

The kitchen offers two dining options.  There is an informal dining area on the far end and a floating bar which is built into one of the windows.  It’s like having a meal in the clouds.

Apartment 79 was delivered as raw space and Sugimoto was initially commissioned to design a traditional Japanese tea room in the empty apartment. The owners were so impressed by the finished product that they hired the architect to design the entire home.  Subsequently, Sugimoto oversaw every detail in the design of the residence in collaboration with Yun Architecture and the New Material Research Laboratory. 

Most of the interior finishes were imported from Japan.  These materials include salvaged 1,000 year-old wood, reclaimed stone from Tokyo and Shikkui plaster. Several of Sugimoto’s art pieces are considered permanent fixtures and are included in the sale.

432 Park Avenue is a full-service condo with 30,000 square feet of world class amenities.   The plethora of amenities includes a private restaurant, fitness center with sauna, steam and massage rooms, lap pool, library, screening room and a billiards room. Valet services, including in suite dining and room service are also available.

The current asking price for Apartment 79 at 432 Park Avenue is $135 million. That’s a whopping $16,760 per square foot. The property Is represented by Noel Berk of Engel and Volkers.  To learn more about this celestial home or 432 Park Avenue, please visit Linecity.

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