There are distinct advantages to living near a cultural hot-spot, including a wealth of things to see, the possibility of great food right around the corner, and being part of an eclectic, creative vibe. Art museums located in major metropolitan centers bring exactly that type of vibe to the neighborhood in which they are located, and some hotel residences around the world have capitalized on their proximity to major art museums and installations, drawing in residents with a keen interest in being surrounded by culture and creativity. In many cases, the hotel residences themselves are works of art, making them even more attractive to potential occupants.
Take, for example, the Baccarat Residences in Manhattan, situated right across the street from the Museum of Modern Art. The design team behind Baccarat’s elegant look is currently hard at work completing the 50-story glass tower that will house the French crystal company’s 60-unit private residences located off Fifth Avenue on 53rd Street. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill are handling the exterior, while the interior design is helmed by Tony Ingrao. The Baccarat Residences are poised to be some of the most stunning in the city. Gleaming crystal and marble constitute the opulent lobby, while the residences will feature spacious high ceilings, rich wood detailing, and walls of windows, providing occupants with unparalleled views of the heart of Manhattan. The sleek, modern design of Baccarat fits right in with its neighbor the MOMA, making 53rd Street one of the coolest, cutting-edge neighborhoods around. The residences are slated to open during the third quarter of 2014.
Meanwhile, across the pond, One Hyde Park in London is surrounded by culture on every side. Located near Kensington Gardens, the Mandarin Oriental-adjacent residences are flanked on either side by gardens and located just a few blocks away from the Victoria and Albert Museum on Cromwell Road. While not exactly next door neighbors, they both exist in one of central London’s most exclusive neighborhoods. One Hyde Park is the pinnacle of the district’s exclusivity, and it is home to what was once the most expensive flat in the world, sold in 2010 for $140 million. The hotel residences, which were developed by Candy & Candy, consist of four buildings next to the Serpentine and include such amenities as private chefs and high levels of security. Units are designed with the height of comfort and style in mind, with each facet intended to drench its occupant in luxury. Design elements include copious use of glass, brushed metal, and oak. The V&A Museum is located just minutes south of One Hyde Park in the Knightsbridge district, central London’s cosmopolitan and architecturally-significant neighborhood, full of high-end shops and boutiques. The Museum itself exemplifies the history of the area, with gallery after gallery dedicated to all facets of art and design, from textiles to sculpture to jewelry making, from the past 5,000 years. One might almost be tempted to classify One Hyde Park an exhibit in and of itself as a museum-worthy example of modern luxury living.
Luxury doesn’t end with central London, however. The Four Seasons-managed Palazzo Turnobuoni residences in Florence, Italy, are pure luxury with an historical twist: The building is a restored 15th century palace. Among the many nearby historic attractions include the Ponte Vecchio over the beautiful Arno River, the Duomo and the legendary Uffizi Gallery. The Uffizi is situated in Giorgio Visari’s 16th century building and contains some of the world’s most renowned Renaissance art work, including the Medici family’s impressive collection of carved ivory and currently, an exhibit that celebrates the life of Grand Prince Ferdinando de’Medici, who died 300 years ago. The timeless beauty of the Renaissance is rife in the area around the Duomo, and the Palazzo Turnobuoni is the perfect place for those looking to reside amongst Italy’s legacy of ornate beauty and elegance. Residents enjoy such amenities as Club Attache, which shows those who live in the Palazzo all the best that Florence and Tuscany have to offer.
On the opposite end of the design spectrum from the Renaissance, minimalism often comes to mind when one thinks of Zurich, Switzerland. The Mobimo Tower is the epitome of the sophisticated yet understated modernity for which the city is known. So, too, is the Eva Presenhuber Gallery, just around the corner from Mobimo Residences. The gallery features the works of Eva Rothschild, Doug Aitken, and Angela Bolloch, and the architecture of the gallery reflects the contemporary sensibilities of the District 5 area of Zurich. Additionally, the Migros Museum, occupying the space that once belonged to the Zurich Brewery, is a small but illustrious museum devoted to contemporary and modern art, located north of Mobimo Tower. The three entities create a triangle of cutting-edge, chic art and design. Those who live at Mobimo not only take advantage of stylish District 5, but they also enjoy breathtaking views of Zurich and access to amenities such as an executive lounge, health club, and room service, not to mention the robust nightlife of the District’s many clubs.
Indeed, it’s not difficult to find a hotel residence a stone’s throw from the world of art. Whether considering the St. Regis residences across from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (currently closed for expansion and set to open again in 2016), or the residences at the Pierre on Central Park West, close to the Frick Collection, the MOMA, and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art and the Society of Illustrators, potential hotel residence buyers would be wise to consider exploring the streets and neighborhoods around major art museums. After all, cultural enrichment is just around the next corner.