It's time to make up a bunch of awards and hand them out to the most deserving people, places and things in the real estate, architecture and neighborhood universes of New York City! Yep, it's time for the 12th Annual Curbed Awards! Up now: the most mouth-watering floorplans we saw this year.
↑ One of the year's most hotly anticipated debuts was Zaha Hadid's sinuous luxury building on West 28th Street. The pricey condos come with amenities like access to the city's first private IMAX theater (of course), along with some pretty spectacular floorplans. This $25 millionfour-bedroom duplex is stretched out over more than 4,000 square feet, with an extra apartment's worth of outdoor space (you can't beat those High Line views); it also has a gallery, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an eat-in kitchen designed by Zaha herself.
↑ Speaking of the High Line, the Roman & Williams-designed condos at 514 West 24th Street (now known as The Fitzroy) wowed us with their size (this one clocks in at more than 4,000 square feet) and their amenities. In this full-floor unit, for example, the potential owner will enter via a private elevator, and have access to a formal dining room, a library (with its own private bathroom), and a "great room" with two small terraces.
↑ Extell's massive Central Park Tower will become the city's tallest residential building once it's completed in 2018. The first floorplan revealed for the development—for a penthouse duplex—is as over-the-top as you might expect, with many bedrooms, lots of storage space, and what will be the highest outdoor space in all of New York City.
↑ Ever wanted to live in a castle? This apartment on Central Park West would let city dwellers live out that dream: The 5,317-square-foot home occupies two of the building's massive turrets, giving it a unique Mickey Mouse-style footprint with a 37-foot wide circular living room with soaring 37-foot ceilings. It has a library, four bedrooms, and Central Park views, and the building has a lap pool, fitness center, and parking garage.
↑ Herzog & de Meuron's condos at 160 Leroy Street may take the prize for the oddest floorplans we saw this year. Thanks to the building's undulating exterior, the layouts of the apartments therein are quite unusual, with some—including the five-bedroom penthouse pictured here—having nary a right angle in sight.
↑ If there is a home giving 160 Leroy a run for its money in the weird floorplan department, it's the apartment being carved from units at 9 Jay Street and 67 Hudson Street in Tribeca, which will be connected by the Staple Street Skybridge. The $50 million combo unit covers 6,300 square feet in total that are being billed as "ample space to create a majestic five bedroom, five bathroom home," suggesting that it's pretty bare in there right now.
↑ Moving on to the bigger starchitect-anchored projects of the year, a few of the units at Jean Nouvel's MoMA-adjacent 53W53 became available this year, revealing some truly massive floorplans, including this $14.425 million, three-bedroom unit. The units have high ceilings, and the interiors are informed by the exoskeleton that covers the supertall tower.
↑ Tadao Ando's first New York City building is a sleek collection of seven condos, meant to be a "sanctuary" apart from the business of Manhattan. Only a few of the apartments have been listed publicly thus far, but this one—a $14.8 million, four-bedroom unit—is quite opulent, with a master suite, plenty of walk-in closets, and a loggia right off of the kitchen.
↑ In Robert A.M. Stern's 30 Park Place, the 78th- and 79th-floor duplex penthouse far and away takes the cake as the building's most extravagant digs. The 10,480-square-foot apartment will have a double-height reception hall with a wrap-around staircase, a corner double-height living room, and a "morning kitchen" adjacent to the master bedroom. The duplex will also have 861 square feet of exterior living space in the form of double-height loggias.
↑ Dutch designer Piet Boon's office-to-condo conversion at 101 Wall Street also unveiled its layouts this year, and for an office conversion, the floorplans make the best of a non-ideal situation. The building's four corner units, now for sale from $2.35 million, are really the stars of the seven units now on the market, but that's unsurprising. This one, a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom corner apartment, is asking $3.88 million.
↑ And in Norman Foster's 100 East 53rd Street, a duplex penthouse on the 60th and 61st floors has private elevators, a "master suite" with a dressing room and private bathroom (in addition to the unit's other three bedrooms), a great room, a gallery, and more. It's rumored to be going for a cool $55 million.
↑ And finally, on the other end of the spectrum, there are the floorplans for Carmel Place, the city's first all-micro-unit building. The largest apartment measures fewer than 350 square feet, but thanks to a few clever tricks—including oversized windows, high ceilings, and lots of built-in storage space—the teeny apartments feel larger than they actually are.