Interior Design gathered over 900 members of the design and architecture community in New York to celebrate the 2013 Best of Year awards honoring the industry’s outstanding projects and products. Interior Designeditor in chief Cindy Allen and president Mark Strauss hosted guests at Frank Gehry’s IAC Building in Chelsea and revealed winners across 90 categories including several surprise ties and new market segments.

Our project the Tribeca Penthouse was awarded as ‘Best of the Year 2013’ for the the category “Large Apartment”. The project is a renovation of a two-story, 5000 square foot penthouse with nearly 7000 square feet of outdoor space. Floating above downtown Manhattan with spectacular views of the World Trade Center, the penthouse interior features full-height, steel windows; patinated zinc panels; walnut millwork; and basalt hearths and countertops. The exterior includes a rooftop meadow, perimeter terraces, and a skylit inner courtyard.

Two volumes were created and textured with zinc panels to function as service centers, enclosing the stairs, pantry, bicycle storage area, laundry, powder, and mechanical rooms. Hand-rubbed walnut millwork compliments the zinc panels throughout the two volumes. The lower level contains the kitchen, courtyard, open living room, and dining room; the second level contains the den, home office, and bedrooms. The plan’s large footprint is balanced by a courtyard in the center of the living space between the two zinc volumes.

The courtyard brings more natural light to the living area and serves as a showcase for a spiral staircase enmeshed in a mirror-polished stainless steel cocoon.

The cocoon’s polished, perforated surface is designed to reflect natural light in appealing patterns throughout the living area and to draw guests up to the rooftop meadow, lawns, hot tub, and dining and gathering spaces.

Along the center of the roof, a folded wooden deck provides areas for sunning and lounging surrounded by wild seasonal vegetation. The home’s primary rooms face the terrace gardens that envelop the apartment.