We get excited any time a new listing hits the market at 173 Perry Street, one of starchitect Richard Meier's glassy waterfront triplets. And while the latest, #11N, doesn't appear to have any boldface names involved (a Meierville rarity), there are still some unusual aspects to the listing. The apartment was renovated by designer Steven Learner, and according to a 2005 interview with the Times style magazine, he did the project for a California couple who bought the place as a pied-a-terre. Daring to modify a Meier?! Here's how.
Learner told the Times he likes "intimacy" in residential spaces, and apparently the owners of #11N do, too. Learner "decided to redesign the raw space into the shape of an inverted doughnut so that the kitchen and bathrooms would be in the middle and the private areas strategically concealed." Or, as Learner puts it on his own site, "Intimate social zones are created through the juxtaposition of solid and transparent elements, establishing sequence and frame to the encompassing views." The listing photos for the now $6.4 million unit are in the gallery above. Do they compare favorably to other units in the building?
Here's the floorplan: