GUYS, GOT 23 MILLION DOLLARS??? BOY DO WE HAVE THE BACHELOR PAD FOR YOU!October 28, 2011
Ok, soooooooooooooo we’ve been a little far behind in getting a blog update to you. I know, I know… we said every two weeks tops, but things happen. Anyway, this weeks (months lol) blog update is a supreme one.
We cut on NBC’s Today Show a few weeks ago and saw this segment on the Ultimate Bachelor Pad. It started us to thinking what every guy needs for his “bachelor pad”. Well shoot if you have 23 million dollars laying around why not show your the real Bruce Wayne of Gotham.
The Esquire Bachelor (the mythical and nomadic resident of the Esquire Signature Space homes) has moved yet again. Last year’s Esquire House was perched in the Bird Streets area of the Hollywood Hills, with a panoramic view of the city below that (one might think) would be hard to top anywhere in the world. The sheer size of Los Angeles creates a cultural landscape that is somewhere near sixty miles wide and, some would say, merely inches deep. Eternally on the quest for both style and substance, the Esquire Bachelor has left L.A. for a town more subtle, and complex: the epicenter of the twenty-first century—New York City.
But simply taking up residence in his familiar Manhattan haunts is not enough for the Esquire Bachelor. His worldview is defined by an endless search for what is new in best-of-class design and technology, discovering unique venues for hosting his guests, and devoting time to his charitable endeavors. With characteristic appetite for compelling and emerging neighborhoods—and real estate savvy—he has acquired a home that is unlike any other in the world. Surrounded by the entrepreneurial energy, art, and culture in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood, the Ultimate Bachelor has established himself in the penthouse of the historic ClockTower Building.
It is instantly clear why this is one of the most expensive apartments in the entire city of New York: the Esquire Man has acquired an unobstructed panorama that stretches from the glittering mouth of the Hudson River, past the Statue of Liberty, across the towering spans of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, over the high-shouldered towers of Midtown—and all the way around to many thriving residential and industrial neighborhoods of Brooklyn. In 2011, even the most die-hard Manhattanite must admit that the communities in this 97-square-mile borough are some of the most interesting and creative developments in the life cycle of New York City. From the vantage point of the ClockTower’s penthouse, planes, trains, and automobiles—not to mention helicopters, ferries, and freighters—provide a vista of constant movement, and the hum of a vibrant city’s commercial lifeblood.
The ClockTower Building was built in 1915 as a factory for a cardboard company; at the time of its construction, it was the largest cast-concrete building in the United States. Like the rest of DUMBO, the building fell into disuse and disrepair until it was purchased in 1982 by David Walentas of Two Trees Management as part of his landmark $12 million real estate acquisition.
The premiere property in the entire DUMBO development effort, the ClockTower Building wasn’t renovated until 1998, when Walentas began converting the building into more than 120 luxury condominiums. However, the top floors of the ClockTower remained untouched until just a few years ago, when Walentas started work on reinventing the final portion of the building into its piéce de resistance (and his own personal passion project): the penthouse.
The main floor of the apartment (the sixteenth floor of the building) houses the clocks that give the building its name: four of them, each fourteen feet tall, with dramatic glass windows installed behind the original ironwork clock face. To avoid the maddening possibility of each face moving at its own pace, the hands are electronically synchronized.
Continuing the theme of industrial clockworks, Walentas had his architect design an internal, three-story, glass elevator, whose entire mechanism—cables to counterweights—is visible from inside and outside the elevator. Walentas also lowered each floor of the entire ClockTower Building by a few inches so that by the time builders got to the sixteenth floor, they would have enough room to create a pit for this tourbillon-like elevator.
As if a soaring fifty-foot atrium showcasing a private glass elevator wasn’t enough, a wrap-around glass-and-oak open staircase adds another level of theater to the center of the room. Like a private Paris Opera House, the staircase is the place to see and be seen at the Ultimate Bachelor’s soirees.
The 6,800-square-foot, four-story apartment has an open-plan, loft-style feel on both its main floor and third level; the second level is divided into a master bedroom suite and two guest bedrooms. The architecture of these rooms features canted walls (following the slanted outline of the tower) and more jaw-dropping views: even the bathtub in the Esquire Man’s master suite overlooks the Statue of Liberty. The fourth level of the apartment is a crow’s nest—an indoor-outdoor, all-glass roof terrace with an unobstructed, 360-degree view that has justifiably been called “one of the most exclusive postcards in the world.”
The ClockTower penthouse made headlines when it was put on the market in 2009. The asking price—$25 million—was more than double the highest price ever paid for a home in Brooklyn. To date, this unique property has not found the right buyer. “It’s not for everyone,” says Walentas. “It will take a particular type of owner to make this space work.” Typically blazing the trail, Esquire’s leading team of architects and designers are the first to turn this unique space into the Ultimate Apartment.
The Esquire Apartment represents the work of a diverse group of designers and expert craftsmen, as it has each year since 1993. Esquire pairs best-of-class interior designers with its advertisers to create unique rooms that bring each individual brand to life, while embodying Esquire’s overall philosophy of Man at His Best. Naturally enough, in the ClockTower space, the common motif of time emerged in each team’s work. Creative digital agency Luxurious Animals and designer Frederick McSwain explore telepresence in real-time in their futuristic Digital Lounge for Lufthansa. Architect Marc Thorpe and interactive design team Hush Studios seek ways to master time in the Ultimate Bachelor’s Acura-sponsored study—a meditation on the work-space of the future.
Shelley Starr and HUGO BOSS map the terrain between timeless design and constant change in the great room. Campion Platt and Ermenegildo Zegna choreograph a series of carefully considered elements and views. Denise Kuriger’s project extends time in pursuit of ASICS’ philosophy of health and fitness in the home gym. SFA Design and Conrad Hotels & Resorts craft a surprisingly reductive response to one of the most exemplary views in the world, letting it shine while accommodating that moment of exhilaration with wit and precision. Finally, architects and artists Brooks Atwood and Dana Karwas have created an installation that seemingly exists outside of time, with a ghostly presence expressed through the architecture of the space.
Even without digital ghosts in the rafters, a sense of time’s passage would be inescapable at the 2011 Esquire Apartment. It could be the historic setting or the giant clock faces—or, perhaps, the emerging prominence of the new Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center complex, visible from the apartment over the west tower of the Brooklyn Bridge. The story constantly unfolding outside the Esquire Man’s windows is a tale of strength, overcoming, and success; the success of this century, the last century, and those before. New York’s irrepressible energy, breathtaking beauty, and unmatched resiliency is a fitting backdrop for Man at His Best.
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