A sanctuary high above the corner of Greenwich Street and North Moore Street.
The TriBeCa Penthouse was created by Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt and Japanese architect Tatsuro Miki, in close collaboration with the hotel’s partners Ira Drukier and Robert De Niro. The 6,800 sq ft suite was inspired by the TriBeCa neighborhood’s industrial past fused with the ancient Japanese aesthetic of Wabi.
The industrial treatment of the top is in perfect harmony with the building below. It is a logical expression how it could have been. From the street one should think it was first an old workshop later an artist’s atelier. The third evolution of this atelier is a living space to contemplate New York as it is today. - Axel Vervoordt
The Penthouse design incorporates the philosophical beliefs of Wabi: beauty found in imperfection and authenticity; Artempo – where time becomes art; and poor materials that are rich in spirit.
With minimal design, reclaimed materials from the surrounding area, and antique furnishings from Asia and Europe, the ancient Japanese aesthetic of Wabi is found throughout the 6,800 sq ft pied-a-terre.
Sustainable design is echoed throughout the interior and exterior space. Materials like stone, steel and reclaimed wood were carefully selected and thoughtfully utilized in every area of the penthouse.
"The 20th Century was a period of making, using, and throwing away and making again. This has been very important for the growing economy but today there is no room anymore to throw away and there are not enough forests to destroy for new wood." Axel Vervoordt
The downstairs living areas, encompassing 2,800 square feet, are connected by a two-story hallway and atrium.
The Drawing Room includes a comfortable seating area and features glass doors leading out to the lower terrace gardens.
Opposite wall in the Drawing Room features a natural stone slab fireplace and passage to exterior terraces.
The Living Room has a custom stone fireplace and seating area with oversized sliding doors leading out to the lower terrace gardens and a staircase to the upper terrace gardens.
The large Master Suite features a king-sized bed, walk-in closet, fireplace and glass door leading out to the lower terrace gardens.
The en suite Master Bathroom features intricate stone floors, a custom bathtub and separate shower.
The Second Bedroom, with a king-sized bed, shares access with the third bedroom to a large bathroom featuring a steam room with rain shower and Japanese soaking tub.
Bedroom Three, with custom twin day beds, has glass doors leading out to the lower terrace gardens.
The 4,000 sq ft private multi-leveled terrace includes lush gardens with wisteria-wrapped pergolas, multiple seating and dining areas, a spa pool, a large gas grill, and an outdoor wood-burning fireplace.
The Penthouse offers a large open floorplan with multi-purpose living spaces, including a separate living room and drawing room, a full sized chef’s kitchen, three fireplaces, two and half bathrooms and three bedrooms. The private outdoor gardens on two levels span over 4,000 sq ft and feature a spa pool and dining for 18 guests.
The original copper roof of the building has been repurposed by an upstate New York artisan who handcrafted gourd-shaped light fixtures from this metal.
"The 21st century is a period of recuperation. We have to reuse what is already used or thrown away." Axel Vervoordt
We want to express a TriBeCa character in the most humble way. Because the architecture is so simple, it belongs as much to the past as to the future.Axel Vervoordt