As we eagerly await the return of international travel and meticulously plan our itineraries for flight life again, world-renown architects and designers have been turning brand new homes into their desired travel destinations. Transporting potential residents to another place, their “passport” designs have been directly inspired by and created to look like you’re in a totally different country or city.
New Yorkers looking to recharge, find their zen and mentally escape to Japan need only move into 561 Pacific, the new Boerum Hill condominium designed by ODA New York that was inspired by Japan’s famous wabi-sabi concept or be whisked away to Paris at Greenwich West in Hudson Square, the brand-new condominium tower that was designed entirely by a team of French designers and made to look as if a Parisian building was imported on the NYC skyline. Incorporating moments in fashion history from different decades, NoHo’s 40 Bleecker takes you to London or Tokyo in the 70s or 80s, while Miami’s sunny and airy vibes or California’s Coast can be experienced at 200 East 59th Street in Midtown or Quay Tower in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Experience South Beach in Miami at 200 East 59th Street in Midtown Manhattan
200 East 59th Street embodies the quintessential Miami condo tower with its 35 floors of wraparound terraces and white exterior columns that are uplit at night; but the only catch is, this stunning building is located in the middle of Manhattan, a world away from the beaches of South Florida. Designed by CetraRuddy, 200 East 59th Street is the first new residential tower in New York to bring true indoor/outdoor living to every residence. All 67 homes are corner units, and take advantage of the unique continuous terraces that vary from 7’ deep to 12’ deep. These outdoor rooms – from 22 feet long to nearly 150 feet long – are seamless extensions of the main living spaces, separated by floor-to-ceiling walls of glass with a slender framework and no horizontal interruptions to virtually eliminate the visual distinction between indoor and outdoor space. The residences’ column-free layouts are an engineering feat that creates flexible and unburdened interiors.
A splurge-worthy $16.35 million penthouse:
A two-bedroom $3.95 million masterpiece:
A Japanese and wabi-sabi-style home at 561 Pacific in Boerum Hill
New Yorkers looking to recharge, find their zen and mentally escape to Japan need only move into 561 Pacific, the new Boerum Hill condominium designed by ODA New York. Japan-born Ryoko Okada, the award-winning firm’s principal, was inspired by Japan’s famous wabi-sabi concept for the architecture and interiors of the building. Wabi-sabi embraces the beauty and impermanence of nature, and celebrates the changing of the seasons through the use of bright, natural light, organic materials and clean lines. Entering the lobby, residents are greeted by warm tones and an impressive green wall stretching toward the inner courtyard, which sinks down a floor and features stunning views of vines. All the common spaces are designed to share outdoor space in the courtyard, and the residences themselves also convey a sense of peace and tranquility, huge principles in Japanese culture. Some buyers have actually even cited that the building reminds them of their travels to Japan as they quarantine. Closing their eyes and taking in the interiors instantly transports them back to a different time.
The $1.999 million three-bedroom residence boasts a home office and private outdoor space:
A Parisian escape in Greenwich West
Missing Paris’ delectable eats and wine and divine shopping? Be whisked away to France at Greenwich West in Hudson Square, which has been intentionally designed as if a Parisian building has been imported and erected on New York’s famous skyline. Designed entirely by a team of celebrated French designers including Francoise Raynaud and Sebastien Segers, known for his work with clients such as Giorgio Armani and Christian Dior, Greenwich West seamlessly blends 20th-century French design with a classic New York loft feel through Art Deco-inspired curved corners and industrial-style casement windows. The building’s gently-curved, hand-plastered interior wall corners echo the building’s exterior architecture and the classic Parisian design staple of a seated window sill is present and topped with carrara marble. Wide plank European white oak floors run throughout the homes, while custom kitchen islands featuring crafted “marine-edge” Carrara marble countertops and integrated bookshelves become a focal point in the room. Further extending the sophisticated design, master bathrooms boast Carrara marble walls, countertops, floors and showers, while the powder room is striped in zebrino marble as seen in the model residences.
A beautiful 2-bed, 2.5 bath sunlit home with a great room, enormous walk-in closet, spa-like bathroom and more is available for $2.945 million:
Private outdoor space and uninterrupted skyline views await in this stunning 2-bed, 2-bath home which is on the market for $3.755 million:
Be whisked away to London in the 70s, Tokyo in the 80s and France in the 20s NoHo’s 40 Bleecker
40 Bleecker, NoHo’s highly-celebrated and fashionable 12-story condominium with architecture by Ed Rawlings and interiors by celeb-go-to interior designer Ryan Korban, will take you on a worldly design adventure with its newly unveiled homes. Complementing the project’s stunning design, downtown grit and timeless glamour, the three residences on-the-market, furnished by leading designer’s co-op Colony, take cues from moments in fashion history including Tokyo in the 80s, Paris in the 20s and London in the 70s. With a wide breadth of thoughtfully designed pieces, the homes feature textures, fabrications, and forms with a rich historical connection – all created by a spectacular community of local and global independent furniture, lighting, textiles and objects designers. The residences are move-in ready – all you have to do is bring your toothbrush – and can be purchased furnished.
Textural and rebellious, London in the 1970’s was defined inside the $3.6 million residence 7F by both leather-clad punks and tailored tartan of Savile Row. An offbeat color palette of the cast bronze of the Nami Cabinet by Demuro Das, a vintage red leather Percival Lafer sofa are elevated by dimensional textile art by Hiroko Takeda in this 2-bd, 2.5 bath home.
Defining decades of avant-garde fashion following it, Tokyo in the 1980’s saw the rise of Japanese fashion icons such as Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and Rei Kawakubo. Using tonal expressions of unexpected forms such as Studio Paolo Ferrari’s Facet Mirror, Bec Brittain’s Shy 17 chandelier, and Demuro Das’ Emil Centre table, the $5.275 million 3-bed, 2-bath Tokyo home shimmers in tones of nickel, grey and blue.
The era that brought us the timeless elegance of Coco Chanel in the 20s serves as the starting point for the $5.7 million Parisian-inspired 3-bed, 2.5 bath home. Restrained art deco details grace the residence with pieces that add dimension such as the curved legs of Vonnegut/Kraft’s Releve table, hexagonal brass insets of KWH Furniture’s oak Etagere, and fine European bedding and linens from Sferra define the space as equally decadent and inviting.
Sunny California and West Coast living at Quay Tower
Quay Tower’s #11AE residence, listed for $6.3M and designed by AD100 duo Marmol Radziner, transports you across the country to the ease of sunny West Coast living. Famous for renovating iconic mid-century properties, Radziner brings their signature California modernist aesthetic into this luxurious home. Its warm color palette, high-quality finishes, and use of honest materials create a refined yet laid-back essence, providing a much-needed escape from the chaos of city living. The secluded master bath is a private spa, with floor-to-wall imported Italian Alabastrino Rustico Travertine slab marble and oversized windows that envelope you in spectacular city views.