Video: Inside the highest completed penthouse in New York by Kelly Behun

The Kelly Behun-designed residence is part of a limited selection of newly released penthouse inventory at 432 Park Avenue priced from $39.75m. Located on the 92nd floor of the 96-story tower, this half-floor residence is the highest completed penthouse in the iconic skyscraper, which at 1,396 feet is the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere.

Towering above the city at 1,224 feet in elevation, the penthouse boasts panoramic views of nearly every New York City landmark including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Lower Manhattan skyline, and New York Harbor out to the Atlantic Ocean.

Kelly Behun drew inspiration from 432 Park Avenue’s iconic architecture, a perfect square designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Viñoly, playing off the pure geometry of the building by using asymmetrical pieces within, and responding to the building’s signature 10-foot by 10-foot square windows.

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“My goal was to create a timelessly elegant space that feels warm and comfortable. My favourite aspect of the apartment has to be the views through those oversize windows,” said Kelly Behun. “To have all of Manhattan unfurl below you in this way is nothing short of extraordinary, and nothing I would do inside could ever upstage that, so I just sought to create a warm embrace from which to enjoy it.”

The penthouse comprises three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a powder room, library, gas and wood-burning fireplace, laundry room, service entrance separate from the elevator landing and formal entrance gallery. Like other residences within the building, the penthouse features a windowed eat-in kitchen with marble breakfast bar, oak flooring and a master bathroom featuring statuary book-matched marble floor and walls, a freestanding soaking tub and a 1,200-pound solid cubic Bianco Sivec marble vanity.

Interior highlights include a free-form, custom omnidirectional sofa designed by Kelly Behun that commands the centre of the living room, which is complemented by a custom shaped rug that follows the irregular outline of the sofa. An installation of pendant lights is hung in the hallway of the property at different heights to create a visual rhythm to the space, while wall coverings are hand painted with organic patterns.

Contemporary furniture designs by Lee Broom and Anna Karlin have been mixed with vintage pieces from Vladimir Kagan and original designs from Kelly Behun, including a dramatic 20-foot headboard in the master bedroom inspired by the art of Frank Stella, to create a design aesthetic that is as awe-inspiring as the views. Yolande Batteau, the founder of Callidus Guild, was commissioned to create a unique Venetian plaster installation for the fireplace wall that is reminiscent of Ruhlman, Rateau or Dunand, based on a deconstructed Art Deco geometric pattern designed by Kelly Behun.

The residence is accented with artwork by both known and emerging talent such as Jack Pierson, Dean Levin, Helen Frankenthaler, Lynda Benglis, David Choe, Vincent Collin and Luca Nichetto.


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