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Perched atop a historic building on Lower Fifth Avenue's Gold Coast, this penthouse duplex is graced with about 2,000 square feet of exterior terrace. But thanks to a custom steel and glass "greenhouse" addition on the roof and extensive new and modified masonry openings on all sides, the incredible NYC views can be enjoyed from inside, too.

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The media room and primary bath—both housed within the "greenhouse" extension—feature decorative plaster finishes that absorb the abundant light from the sky.

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Classic design cues are given a modern touch throughout the kitchen: recessed panel overlay doors on the cabinetry, Taj Majal stone countertops on a functional island, and custom plaster crown molding in a streamlined profile.

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A neutral palette acts as a backdrop for the client's art collection when called to do so, while in other areas the apartment's finishes act as the art itself. A graphic patterned wallcovering on the bedroom ceiling, a custom gold-leaf ceiling in the library, and a rich Calacatta Viola marble entry and inlaid antiqued mirror create a highly layered and sophisticated impression.

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