Developer Matthew Blesso complains to the Journal today that designing his own penthouse at 684 Broadway, newly on the market, was way harder than designing a building for other people has ever been, but we think he did a pretty nice-slash-interesting job. He bought the apartment for $4.325 million in 2006 from none other than architect Hugh Hardy (sadly, there's no listing online that shows Hardy's decor)?and then spent 18 months gut renovating it under the guidance of another architect. (The result got a Times profile.) The goal was sustainability: the 1,000-pound table is carved from a fallen tree, and the insulation is made from recycled jeans.
The weirdness isn't only inside the walls?it's also on them! The master bathroom includes a vertical garden, which "climbs the wall to a skylight built into a 2,200-square-foot roof deck, which features a wildflower and herb garden." That roof deck includes an outdoor movie theater and shower. So why does Blesso want to leave all this? He's moving to Brooklyn to be closer to the arts collective he leads, of course. He's hoping to get $8.95 million for the penthouse.
Here's the floorplan: