Upper East Side Penthouse

Upper East Side Penthouse


With simple floor and ceiling plan adjustments and new architectural trim, doors, and cabinetry, Cooper Robertson transformed a “raw” developer penthouse apartment with extensive exterior terraces into a crisp, well-appointed, and finely-crafted three-bedroom home in the sky.

The unusually long elevator lobby was shortened with a pivoting mirror door that reflects the new custom steel and glass entry doors. A Richard Woods mural welcomes visitors while disguising an unfortunately placed egress door. The living and dining room spaces were simplified and aesthetically strengthened by regularizing the dining room soffit, adding an accessible ceiling for the mechanical systems above the dining table, straightening out the east wall with new cabinetry, and providing new same-sized doors on the north wall.

The addition of wood and glass French doors segments the apartment’s unusually long main hallway. The new doors align with the pocketed doors into the new Study/Guest Bedroom. The Master Bedroom was enlarged and refined by demolishing the existing closets and taking over an adjacent bedroom for the new custom master Dressing Room. New architectural and decorative lighting, additional mechanical capacity, and integrated audio/visual systems finish the contemporary upgrade.

The upper and lower terraces now provide planters and landscaping, a pergola, an outdoor kitchen, a fountain, furniture, and grass, turning what was a cold urban rooftop into a lush penthouse garden.



Private Client

Site Area
4,000 square feet (interior)
Completion Date
  • de la Torre Design Interior Designer

  • Altieri Sebor Wieber Mechanical Engineer