Rising over Midtown, the Trump World Tower transcends every New York residential skyscraper with 90 stories of gleaming glass looking over protected cityscape views. At the top of this Manhattan high-rise, an Asian-inspired penthouse boasts six bedrooms and twelve bathrooms at a remarkable 18,000 square feet of open floor area. The architect in charge of renovating the interior of this exceptional residence, Eran Chen, approached this project with modern and minimalist aesthetics in mind. While the residence acts as a gallery for the owner’s impressive art collection and a place for entertainment, Chen also harmoniously tailored the home to be warm and livable for the owner and his family. “When you design a private apartment like this, it is all about the people who live here and the tools we have as architects to express who they are,” says Chen, the founder and executive director of ODA New York.
This supreme three-story penthouse duplex highlights various cultures, exposing Asian references with a 30-foot marble slab waterfall, a black glass mosaic reflection pool, and one of the largest private art collections in the world, featuring Picasso, Monet, and many more. “We chose to have different character in different parts of the apartment to express the range of their [the owner] cultural interests,” explains Chen. “It’s a collection of experiences, it’s about diversity.” The penthouse also includes an expansive living and dining area, Italian-style kitchen, library, home theater, day spa, recording studio, wine room, and cigar room.
Entering the apartment, guests are greeted with a sculpture garden and views of the East River, Queens, Brooklyn, and the United Nations Headquarters. Chen chose this entrance to reflect what he calls, “a symbol of the gateway, the path this particular family traveled.”
In the living room and lounge, an open design maximizes views and sunlight exposure for a magnificent central seating area. A large goatskin rug complements the wood floors, while a custom designed fireplace made of absolute black granite is paired with a statuary marble mantel surrounding.
Moving into the kitchen, an Italian-style kitchen design by Snaidero with a stainless steel La Cornue cooktop is a beautifully bold addition in this luxury penthouse.
The master bedroom is a notable sanctuary, spotlighting comfortable luxury with neutral tones, plush linens, and paintings by Chagall and Monet.
Stepping into the library, a dramatic scene of dark wood and dim lighting is topped off with a red marble fireplace.
A massive wine room follows, with storage space of up to 2,000 bottles.
Sprawling views and fine furnishings truly make this deluxe property shine, but the vast collection of artwork integrated into the space is the main ingredient in this home’s design. Revolving devices built into the walls allow art pieces to be interchangeable based on the owner’s preference.
“The challenge was to express the greatness of the space and the big perspectives that you get, without overwhelming you,” Chen says.
From dark woods to crystal chandeliers, the different materials and textures were chosen with precise detail and purpose by Chen and his team. While one side of the apartment is a more private area for the owner and his family, the rest is used for entertaining guests and emphasizing views. “The idea was to create a fairly open space, modern in its flow, where there would be a constant dialogue or dynamic between the inner house and the perimeter,” says Chen.