Jeff Koons currently has his "A Retrospective" showing at the Whitney, but eight blocks due south the controversial pop artist is putting on a show of a different sort by combining two adjacent townhouses into one huge megamansion. Shockingly, his new Upper East Side neighbors aren't that into it, and have said as much to the Post.
Koons' megamansion has been in the works since 2007. He managed to close on the two separate townhouses, 11 and 13 East 67th Street, in 2009 for a combined $32 million after failing to purchase 9 East 67th Street from house flipper Janna Bullock. Koons had his original renovation plans denied by the Department of Buildings in 2010, then laid low for a few years, and finally got the application through in January of 2013. The permit was issued this April and construction must already be underway, because the neighbors are complaining about it. One told the Post that "we're practically ready to organize neighborhood protests."
Contrary to how these things usually go, Koons and architect Peter Pennoyer (taking over from Richard Olcott of Ennead Architects) are actually reducing the overall size of the two houses, not that Koons will want for space. The houses are going from 21,726 to 19,325 square feet and from 83 to 77 feet high. According to the Schedule A, there will be an exercise room and lap pool in the basement and a sixth-floor terrace. The renovation is estimated to cost $4.85 million. A rep for Pennoyer declined to comment.
· Jeff Koons gets approval to build mega-mansion [NYP]
· Artist Jeff Koons Assembling Upper East Side Megamansion [Curbed]