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Could these futuristic green towers be Paris in 2050?

ANTISMOG TOWERS

Paris is aiming to reduce 75% of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, so could these futuristic green skyscrapers be the way forward?

“2050 Paris Smart City” is a research and development project for Paris City Hall carried out by Vincent Callebaut Architectures.

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It features eight high-rise buildings which recycle their own energies in a short loop through innovative systems.

The buildings include “Mountain Towers” in the city’s first arrondissement or district, that blend solar, hydrodynamic and planted buildings, using bio-air conditioning systems.

Mountain Towers

The “Antismog Towers” in the 14th district are described as an “ecologic corridor” 23 km long, punctuated by depolluting photo-catalytic towers.

Photosynthesis Towers

A striking complex called “Photosynthesis Towers” in the 15th, to be built in a vertical spiral and featuring organic facades of green algae, has been suggested, alongside “Bamboo Nest Towers”, a series of thermodynamic garden structures featuring food gardens and orchards on balconies.

To view the project in full, see vincent.callebaut.org.

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Architecture and design personalities of 2014

2014 was a busy year for architecture and design. Here are some of the top players who shook the scene this year:

Zaha Hadid

From winning “Design of the Year 2014” for her stunning creation the Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan to designing the “Women Fashion Power” exhibit in London, it has been a big year for the Pritzker Prize-winning British Iraqi architect.

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Nendo

Japanese design collective Nendo has had a busy year, extending its “Peg” furniture collaboration with Cappellini, inventing the “Stay-brella”, which stands on its own two feet to drip-dry, and being named “Designer of the Year” for the upcoming January 2015 edition of Maison&Objet Paris.

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Shigeru Ban

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban achieved the highest accolade possible within the industry in March this year when he was awarded the Pritzker Prize. He also saw his Aspen Art Museum open up to the public.

Kenneth Cobonpue

Kenneth Cobonpue made his debut on the world stage in March, when he was named “Designer of the Year” for the inaugural Maison&Objet Asia edition. Best-known for his intricate rattan furniture designs, Philippines-born Cobonpue is a graduate of the famous Pratt Institute in New York.

Rem Koolhaas

The Dutch Pritzker Prize-winning architect was in the spotlight over the summer when he curated the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale.

One of the main highlights was ‘Luminaire’, a collaboration between Koolhaas’s studio OMA and crystal house Swarovski at the entrance to the Biennale. The six meter-high light installation featured 15 kilograms of gems set into glittering archways.

Frank Gehry

This year Frank Gehry made headlines with the opening of his first major design project for Latin America, Panama’s Biomuseo, a multicolored building that houses exhibits on biodiversity, as well as his Fondation Vuitton in Paris, intended as a true temple to contemporary art, inspired by the greenhouses of 19th-century gardens and characterized by the organic shapes that are the Canadian-American architect’s signature.

Fondation Louis Vuitton

He also got attention this year for making disparaging comments about the state of contemporary design at a ceremony in Spain where he received the Prince Asturias Award for the Arts.

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Opus Hong Kong by Frank Gehry

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Eugeni Quitllet

A regular collaborator of major design brands such as Kartell and Flos, Quitllet is known in particular for his frequent use of plastic.

The Catalan designer’s long and illustrious career was crowned this year with a miniature retrospective at the boutique of the Centre Pompidou during 2014 Paris Design Week.

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Founded in 1764 by decree of Louis XV, Baccarat is one of the most renowned crystal makers in the world today.

Its glassware and other delicate transparent creations have adorned illustrious tables over the centuries, including those of Louis XVIII, Tsar Nicolas II and several maharajahs.

Nowadays, well-known designers such as Marcel Wanders breathe new life into the Baccarat name, reinventing its classic items. In 2014, the brand celebrated 250 years of its history with a coffee table book published by Rizzoli, a new crystal chess board and a special holiday collection.

Not to mention two exhibitions in Paris, one in the gallery of the Musée de la Maison Baccarat and the other in the Petit Palais.

Baccarat Hotel Restaurant

The crystal house plans to keep up the momentum in 2015, when it plans to open its first hotel in New York.

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Paris rejects plans for triangle skyscraper

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 city councillors voted against plans on Monday for French capital’s first modern skyscraper in more than 40 years: the Tour Triangle.

The 180-metre (590-foot) Tour Triangle was supposed to go up in the southwestern corner of the city by 2017, but local lawmakers blocked the proposal by 83 votes to 78 in heated scenes at city hall.

Mayor Anne Hidalgo said she would launch a legal appeal against the vote, accusing councillors of displaying their voting cards in what was supposed to be a secret ballot.

The Triangle tower project was supposed to create 5,000 jobs with construction costs put at 535 million euros ($670 million) in 2011.

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But many lawmakers will have been thinking of the scorn that is still directed towards the Tour Montparnasse — a brown carbuncle opened in 1973 that remains the only skyscraper in the city centre and has made it all but impossible for developers to win approval for future high-rises.

Paris's Tour Montparnasse

Paris imposed a height limit of 37 metres in the wake of the uproar over the 210-metre tower in Montparnasse — which was accused of ruining both the view and a once-beloved artist district.

City developers later struck a compromise with critics by quarantining high-rise buildings in the La Defense business sector just outside the centre.

But the rules changed in 2010 when the city decided to allow apartment blocks up to 50 metres and offices up to 180 metres in areas near the ring road.

In July 2013, it gave initial approval to the Tour Triangle in the Parc des Expositions. Environmentalists and aesthetes were immediately up in arms.

They had formidable support, including from Norman Foster, the celebrated British architect behind several skyscrapers including London’s “Gherkin”.

“I don’t see what Paris needs with a skyscraper,” he said at the time.

The UN’s cultural body UNESCO also waded in, warning that new towers would threaten the landscape of one of the few remaining horizontal cities.

The prestigious Swiss team behind the project, Herzog and De Meuron, rejected the criticism, saying the Triangle was “beautiful”…

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Dubai unveils plans for tallest twin towers in the world

Dubai twin towers

 is reaching for the skies with a plan to build the world’s tallest twin towers as part of its “The Lagoons” project.

The Dubai Twin Towers are set to “define a new skyline for the city”, although an architect for the project has yet to be announced.

The mixed-use towers will form part of The Lagoons, a “city of the future” comprising 40-storey residential towers by Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding. The concept forms part of the Dubai Creek Harbour project.

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Spread over 6 million square meters, The Lagoons will feature its own integrated transport systems, environmentally sustainable ecosystems and park areas, alongside Dubai Creek Residences, a series of luxury waterfront apartments.

Dubai Creek Harbour at The Lagoons will also feature cultural amenities, healthcare centers and retail space.

Dubai Creek Residences will launch on November 1 in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, London and Moscow, where apartments will be available for pre-sale.

A construction date for the twin towers has yet to be announced.

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Zaha Hadid unveils “blooming” towers in Australia

riverside towers in Brisbane

Dame Zaha Hadid has unveiled her latest design for a series of riverside towers in Brisbane, Australia.

The Pritzker Prize winner’s proposal comprises 3 towers which would hold 486 apartments and eight riverfront villas as well as featuring 7,300 square meters of landscaped public parkland in the area of Toowong. The $420 million project is being proposed by property developer Sunland Group.

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Each tower would feature a multi-layer façade comprising a curtain wall glazing overlaid with glass reinforced concrete in a quilted diamond pattern, with Sunland Managing Director, Sahba Abedian, likening the design to “a flower in bloom.”

“The design tapers each structure to minimize their footprint and open the riverfront to the public; creating a vibrant civic space for Toowong within a new riverside park,” said Hadid.

Brisbane River in Toowong

“Our vision is to create a vibrant urban village which sensitively activates its urban and riverfront context through compelling architecture and landscape design,” explained Abedian.

The project also includes the preservation of the Heritage-listed 1860s Middenbury House, located on the 1.5 hectare site.

Sunland bought the land last September for $20 million and plans to start demolition of ABC studios next month.

Bombay Sapphire distillery

Bombay Sapphire’s new distillery by Thomas Heatherwick

Bombay Sapphire distillery

Architecture and design practice Heatherwick Studio has created a contemporary new distillery for gin brand .

The London design studio has transformed the historic buildings of Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire, England.

Laverstoke Mill

At the heart of the design is a series of bell jar-shaped greenhouses where visitors can explore 10 different botanicals.

The studio also renovated the site’s Victorian and Georgian buildings, restoring them to their former glory and transforming them into a Still House, a Heritage Room and a Gallery.

Bombay Sapphire Laverstoke Mill distillery

The Mill has been awarded the prestigious BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) Award for Sustainable Industrial Design.

Previously a paper mill for the Bank of England for nearly 250 years, the site is opening its doors to the public for the first time on October 1.

Bombay Sapphire gin distillery

Visitors will be able to taste, test and serve their own cocktails onsite.

Monaco Odeon Tower penthouse

The $390 million Tour Odeon penthouse in Monaco

Monaco Odeon Tower penthouse

A multi-storey penthouse in Monaco could become the world’s most expensive property per square metre when it comes onto the market next year.

The luxury penthouse is located in Tour Odéon, a 170m (560ft) tower which will be the Mediterranean coastline’s second tallest building when it is completed next year.

Tour Odéon is the first new skyscraper to have been built in Monaco since the 1980s. It will include 70 luxury apartments, including the five-storey penthouse that costs $360 million alone.

As well as being equipped with a health centre, multiple swimming pools and an in-house caterer, the building will offer its residents a 24/7 concierge service and a private chauffeur.

But the penthouse is set to stand out even in the midst of such extreme luxury, with its slide which descends from the balcony into the infinity pool making it a veritable millionaire’s playground.

Source: Propgoluxury via Dailymail

Monaco Odeon Tower

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The Shard opens Western Europe’s highest pool

skypool

From today, guests staying at London’s Shangri-La Shard hotel can swim in the highest swimming pool in Western Europe.

The indoor infinity “Skypool” at The Shard sits on the 52nd floor and features views of some of the capital’s most iconic sites like St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye and Westminster.

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The west-facing 11x4meter heated pool comes with its own bar, Gŏng, which is the highest in the city.

Gong at the Shangri-La Hotel

Designed by Andre Fu of AFSO, the bar and pool area was inspired by the mythical aspect of ‘dou-gong’ — a series of interlocking brackets that are used extensively in historical Chinese architecture. The interiors are a fusion of traditional Eastern and modern Western aesthetics.

The Skypool is open exclusively to hotel guests between 6 am and 8 pm.

City of Dreams Hotel Tower by Zaha Hadid

Macau’s City of Dreams Hotel by Zaha Hadid

Macau is set to become home to a strikingly dramatic luxury hotel designed by British architect Zaha Hadid that involves voids and negative spaces cut out of the 40-story building, enveloped in a latticed or ‘exoskeletal’ shell.

City of Dreams Hotel Tower by Zaha Hadid

When it opens in 2017, the City of Dreams Hotel Tower in Macau will house 780 guestrooms, suites and sky villas.

 City of Dreams Hotel Tower Architecture

Artist renderings reveal an expressive and powerful design: Hadid pushes the boundaries of structural engineering to reimagine the standard monolithic rectangular block with voids and negative space carved out of the building’s center, using soft, curved lines.

City of Dreams Hotel Tower Macau

The building shell has an exoskeleton design, a motif that’s repeated inside with 3D diamonds and pyramids that seem to grow from the interior walls and into the spacious, atrium space.

City of Dreams Hotel Tower Macau lobby

The tower will become the fifth property developed by Melco Crown Entertainment and feature meeting and event facilities, gaming rooms, a bright, airy lobby atrium, restaurants, spa and sky pool.

City of Dreams Hotel Tower

The “Pink Mosque”


Art in historical architecture: The famous Nasir al-mulk mosque located in Shiraz (Iran) was built from 1876 to 1888 by architects Muhammad Hasan-e-Memar and Muhammad Reza Kashi Paz-e-Shirazi. Also known by the locals as the “Pink Mosque”, the mosque has colourful stained glass windows that illuminate the insides of the mosque especially during the morning where the morning shine shines through the windows. It transforms the inside of the mosque into a kaleidoscope of colours, as if there was a colourful discoball in the room. The exquisite colours, varying shapes and sizes of the stained-glass window panels results in a myriad of patterns and hues dancing on the floor. Intricate tiles, magnificent domes and arches enhance the beauty of this mosque. Contrary to what others might expect of historical architecture being dull and monochromatic, this mosque is bursting with colour and life. It is surprising and somewhat difficult to believe that this mosque has been built during the Qajar dynastry in 1888. Only a few other mosques, such as the Masjid al-agsa and Istanbul’s famous Blue Mosque, features stained-glass windows.

 

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Futuristic view of London’s skyline

What will London look like in 20 years?

With 200 high-rise towers planned for London over the next 20 years to meet the city’s growing population, London‘s skyline is undergoing rapid changes.

Futuristic view of London’s skyline

A new exhibition examining this transformation has been announced for April by New London Architecture, London’s Centre for the Built Environment.

London’s Growing… Up! will explore the transformation of the cityscape since the introduction of skyscrapers in the 1950s through a series of images, models and construction videos, using iconic structures such as the Barbican and Centre Point as reference points for setting new precedents.

Famous buildings such as the Gherkin and The Shard will also be examined for the impact they have had in the city, and visitors will be able to see what London will look like in 10 years’ time as the capital’s developers focus on growing upwards rather than outwards.

The interactive exhibition will let visitors decide which buildings should and shouldn’t be allowed in the city, fast-forward and rewind the capital’s skyline and even import landmarks from other cities around the world. The results will be captured and posted on to the NLA’s Twitter feed.

London’s Growing… Up! is a free exhibition which will run April 3 – 12.

The Saint Martins Lofts, London

The Saint Martins Lofts is a new development in the former Central Saint Martins Art School building on Charing Cross Road in London WC2.

The Saint Martins Lofts

The redevelopment of the iconic building into the residential project The Saint Martins Lofts, comprising 13 high-end apartments, will be kicked off by Marc Péridis, 19 Greek Street Director and Saint Martins alumnus.

Péridis will oversee the interior styling for one of the apartments to showcase the reincarnation of the building. It will be available to view from May.

The Saint Martins Lofts Balcony

“I remember with such intensity the time spent at Central Saint Martins as a design student,” said Péridis. “We want to bring that energy and emotion in the apartment at The Saint Martins Lofts, celebrating not only the heritage of this very special building, but also London’s ability to continuously reinvent itself, breathing new life into objects, buildings and entire urban areas.”

The designer’s show flat will feature unique design pieces from Nina Tolstrup of Studio Mama, 3D pioneer Dirk Vander Kooij, Chilean gt2P and Australians Super-cyclers, among others.

The Saint Martins Lofts London

Originally opened as The Saint Martins School of Art in 1939, the Charing Cross building will be transformed into the luxurious residence by award-winning architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. The loft-style apartments will include duplex properties with original Crittall windows and lateral apartments with terraces, while interiors throughout will be chosen by Darling Associates.

Crescent house Wallace Cunningham

The Crescent House by Wallace Cunningham

The Crescent House, an $11.75 million beachfront stunner designed by architect Wallace Cunningham, is on the market for the first time.

Crescent house Wallace Cunningham

The 7,500-square-foot home is situated on 100 feet of ocean frontage in Encinitas, a seaside village of San Diego County.

Made of concrete, steel and glass, the 6,500-square-foot home has four bedrooms, and four full and two half bathrooms.

Crescent house

When visitors enter the home, the first thing they see is an infinity pool shaped like a crescent moon—hence the home’s name. The pool wraps around a circular terrace, which is accessed by a curved ramp.

The home’s design was inspired by the moon and the views from the home’s perch on a sandstone bluff some 80 feet above the ocean.

Crescent house living room

Much of the ocean-facing side of the house is floor-to-ceiling glass intended to maximize light and water views.

The home also has terraces off the living room, office and master bedroom. There is an elevator, a two-car garage and a gym.

Crescent house bedroom

Frank Lloyd Wright house

Frank Lloyd Wright’s house to travel 2000 kilometres

A 1950s family house in New Jersey, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright but endangered by flooding, is moving 1,200 miles (nearly 2,000 kilometers) to start a new life in Arkansas.

Frank Lloyd Wright house

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, opened in 2011 by the Walton family of Walmart fame, has acquired the Bachman Wilson House that was built 60 years ago in Millstone village.

The museum didn’t say how much it paid for the 2,000 square foot residence that reflected Wright’s signature Usonian design philosophy, but its sellers had reportedly put it on the market for $1.5 million — moving costs included.

Bachman Wilson House

Wright, who died in 1959 at the age of 91, had been asked to design the low-slung house when he was engaged in creating one of his best-known buildings, the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

But it had sustained flooding from a nearby river so often over the years that its architect-owners put it up for sale in 2012 on condition that the buyer preserve it, contents intact, at a new and drier location.

Bachman Wilson House Frank Lloyd

Crystal Bridges said it would reassemble the house on its 120 acre (nearly 50 hectare) grounds, where visitors will be able to tour it from 2015.

The Shard

Shard Developer Plans Residential Tower in London

The developers behind The Shard in London are planning to build a 27-storey, luxury residential tower next to the iconic skyscraper. It will house 150 high-end apartments.

The Shard

The new apartment building will be designed by Shard architect Renzo Piano. It will include a total of 160,000 square feet of residential space and will also feature retail space.

The latest planned addition to the capital’s increasingly high-reaching skyline, the new building is set to be located just west of the Shard and south of the Place, on London’s Fielden House site.

The Shard skyscraper was awarded the title of 2013 Best Tall Building Europe by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat this week.

Jean Prouve 8x8 house

One-room prefab house on sale at Design Miami for $2.5m

A one-room house designed by French architect Jean Prouvé has gone on sale for $2.5 million after being displayed in public for the first time at Design Miami. The ‘8X8 Maison Demontable’ was designed in 1945 as part of the post-war boom in affordable, mass-produced housing.

Jean Prouve 8x8 house

Now only two of the original 8 x 8 meter constructions are thought to remain in existence: this one and the one used by Prouvé as his office, which is now officially a historical monument in Nancy, France.

8x8 house

The house is being sold by the Galerie Patrick Seguin in Paris and offers are currently being considered.

Jean Prouvé was a 20th century architect known for his innovative work with metal. He produced prefabricated houses, building components and facades and furniture for the home, office and school.

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren to restore Parisian art school

Ecole des Beaux Arts

American fashion designer Ralph Lauren is set to come to the rescue of the famous art school, the École des Beaux-Arts, with a multi-million dollar gift to help restore the site in Paris’s Latin Quarter.

Acccording to WWD, funds have been set aside for major updates to the school’s main auditorium, which features a 90-foot (27-meter) mural by French painter Paul Delaroche, as well as modernizing the website with updated e-learning and online content.

The designer, who usually presents his collections during the Mercedes-Benz fashion week in NYC, is also rumored to be preparing a runway show for October 8. The gala show and dinner, set to take place just after the Paris S/S 2014 presentations, would mark Lauren’s first ever European show.

Back in 1998 Lauren gave $13 million to the Smithsonian Institution to preserve the famous ‘star-spangled banner’, the now 200-year-old flag which inspired the US national anthem.

Los Angeles Airport Gets Swanky New Terminal

When the Los Angeles International Airport opens its newly renovated terminal in August, passengers will travel through one of the most technologically advanced and splashiest airports in North America.

During a recent preview of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, 10,000 Angelenos got a taste of the $1.9 billion overhaul which includes interactive multimedia experiences splashed on giant LCD screens, monumental art installations, fine dining restaurants helmed by local celebrity chefs like Michael Voltaggio and Suzanne Goin, and strips of luxury retail shops inspired by Rodeo Drive.

The new terminal was designed by Fentress Architects, the same firm behind the multi award-winning Incheon International Airport in South Korea.

Tom Bradley International Terminal

Greeting inbound passengers arriving at LAX will be a giant 80-foot tall Welcome Wall created to ‘refresh’ tired passengers’ senses with visual displays of flowing cloudscapes and the LA shoreline.

In the Great Hall, a Story Board measuring 120 feet (37 meters) will feature a variety of ‘ambient narratives’ including visuals that take passengers on virtual tours through destination cities, panoramic images of Los Angeles and evocative still images of nature.

Multimedia experience LAX

The centerpiece of the terminal, meanwhile, will be the 72-foot (22-meter) tall digital Time Tower, an interactive motion-sensitive structure that reacts to passenger movements. Though designed to tell time as a world clock, it’s also meant to “reveal time” as part of the travel experience.

The newly renovated terminal will also offer passengers substantially more dining and retail options than its previous incarnation.

Bon Voyage Wall

With 31 dining outlets — three times more than before — the new terminal will provide a mix of local and global flavors including gourmet sandwich creations by LA celebrity Michael Voltaggio (winner of US reality TV series “Top Chef”) and and James Beard Award winner Suzanne Goin.

High flyers can also sip on bubbly and nibble on caviar at a new champagne bar.

And in a nod to one of the most famous shopping strips in the US, Rodeo Drive, the new terminal is also billed as a premier retail destination, with 36 outlets including LA brands like Fred Segal and Kitson.

Time Tower LAX

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Dubai inaugurates world’s tallest ‘twisted’ tower

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Dubai has inaugurated the world’s tallest twisted tower built at a cost of $272 million, setting yet another record for skyscrapers and other engineering marvels.

The 310-metre, 75-storey residential Cayan Tower is twisted at 90 degrees from top to bottom and was inaugurated earlier this week in Dubai Marina — a man-made canal overlooking the Gulf.

Developer Cayan Real Estate Investment and Development Company said 80 percent of its residential units have already been sold. Construction began in 2006, but was delayed due to major technical problems and the 2009 economic downturn in Dubai triggered by the global financial crisis.

The tower was designed by Chicago-based Skidmore Owings and Merrill, the masterminds behind Burj Khalifa, which is the world’s tallest tower and also in Dubai.

Dubai twisted tower

penthouse Residences W Hollywood

W Hollywood penthouse on market for $45 million

penthouse Residences W Hollywood

The 15th-floor penthouse at the Residences at W Hollywood in Los Angeles is on the market for $45 million.

The 25,000 sq. ft. penthouse has four bedrooms, eight bathrooms and 340-degree views of the Hollywood Hills, downtown Los Angeles, Century City and the ocean.

It includes a ballroom that can fit 250 people, a wine room and wine vault, a screening room with LCD projection, a solarium, a gallery and a pub-style tap room.

The nearly 4,000-square-foot master suite has a fireplace, entry foyer and oversize walk-in closet and dressing room designed to look like a Ralph Lauren store, says Richard Robertson III, the apartment’s architect.

The unit also includes a fitness center with an attached beauty parlor, a library, 17 valet parking spaces and a reception area with separate women’s and men’s powder rooms.

Mr. Robertson says he designed the space, which is still raw, to emulate the golden era of Hollywood with a streamlined Art Deco look.

The owner can work with Mr. Robertson and interior designer Sue Firestone to customize the penthouse or bring in his or her own designer.

Sixty percent of the 143 units in the W Hollywood residences, which range in price from $800,000 to $3 million, are sold as of early May.

Via WSJ PropgoLuxury

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