In Renaissance architecture, the loggia represents a covered outdoor room, often occupying a prominent location in a building’s architecture, where honored guests can enjoy fresh air while remaining protected from the elements. In modern skyscrapers, loggias are rare, but when found, they offer a prime venue for entertaining al fresco and extending the home into a true outdoor room – not to mention being an eye-catching architectural feature that inspires envy from pedestrians on the street below.
Currently under construction with completion anticipated in 2014, the new Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York incorporates a stunning double-height loggia, high atop the crystalline 50-story tower. The loggia is designed as part of the expansive duplex penthouse, which occupies the full 48th and 49th floors of Baccarat Hotel & Residences’ flagship location, located on 53rd Street just off Fifth Avenue, directly across from the Museum of Modern Art.
The spectacular penthouse spans 7,381 interior square feet and offers panoramic light and views in four directions. Entered through Zircote wood paneled double entry doors with a custom Baccarat crystal inlay handle, the residence’s entertaining level features a dramatic gallery and signature Baccarat chandelier, setting the tone for an exceptional home of remarkable brilliance.
The penthouse’s grand spaces include a 1,240-square-foot living room with a 32-foot-long wall of floor-to-ceiling windows facing Central Park. This living room has clearly been designed for entertaining by interior designer Tony Ingrao, with four distinct seating areas punctuated by a double-sided fireplace. The penthouse’s outdoor spaces are just as spectacular, with a 417-square foot covered loggia soaring 28 feet high. This entirely unique space is one of the rare private loggias in Manhattan and offers a magical ambience. Wrapped in a fine glass railing to maximize the open views north, east and south, the loggia is finished with handsome ipe wood decking and fully-equipped with gas, water and electric connections.
Should one ever tire of the outdoors, the entertaining level also features a generous library with sliding pocket doors that open into the living room, as well as a gracious dining room that easily seats parties of twelve. The dining room and adjacent breakfast room can be opened to one another for informal family living, or closed if the Baccarat Hotel caterers are hard at work – although we would hardly ever want to hide a kitchen this beautiful! Outfitted by SieMatic and customized by Tony Ingrao, the kitchen is reminiscent of Baccarat’s finest crystal wares with innovative appliances by Miele and LG, as well as high-gloss lacquer ebonized walnut and brushed stainless steel cabinetry trimmed with a polished nickel frame.
The penthouse’s upper level offers a private and serene retreat. The custom staircase with marble treads and a glass railing, also designed by Tony Ingrao, leads into a private study with wet bar and integrated coffee system. The lavish master suite sprawls out over 1,150 square feet and starts with a private sitting room and double-sided fireplace that opens into the corner bedroom with views east and north to Central Park. The suite features two expansive dressing rooms and a lavish master bathroom – with a double vanity clad in honed Lido white marble, separate water closets by Duravit and dual showers with polished chrome fittings by Fantini – but the centerpiece is a free-standing Victoria & Albert ‘Barcelona’ 70-inch soaking tub with a floor-mounted faucet and hand shower. Four additional bedroom suites – three on the upper level and one downstairs for staff or guests – are also of high standard, each with their own en-suite bathrooms for maximum privacy.
Throughout the penthouse, Tony Ingrao has incorporated numerous design elements and interior finishings that exude luxury. From the six-inch wide plank solid white oak flooring finished with a rich ebony mahogany stain to the hammered polished chrome doorknobs, the home exudes character and thoughtful consideration of the details befitting the Baccarat brand.
Not to be outdone, the technology is just as state-of-the-art. An integrated Crestron home automation package lets the owner control the lighting, window shades, climate and audio/visual equipment. Also integrated with the hotel’s services and amenities, this allows owners to do everything from schedule their next massage to peruse the room service menu from the in-home touch screen, or remotely from their mobile device. All Baccarat residents have full access to luxury hotel services and amenities, including 24-hour five-star Baccarat concierge services, housekeeping, 24-hour room service, personal shopping, priority access to the hotel’s restaurant and bar, spa services and Baccarat Global Privileges.
Like any rare object, the loggia penthouse at Baccarat Residences New York possesses a strong and inherent value, available for sale at US$60 million. But for one lucky buyer, entertaining a distinguished crowd on the private loggia with the backdrop of New York’s skyline will make it well worth it.