$40m Kelly Behun-designed penthouse unveiled in New York

New interiors revealed at Rafael Viñoly's 432 Park Avenue, the Western Hemisphere's tallest resi building

The highest completed penthouse at 432 Park Avenue, the tallest resi building in the Western Hemisphere, has been unveiled to the world, featuring interior design by the celebrated Kelly Behun.

Developers CIM Group and Macklowe Properties have released a clutch of upper-floor units at the super-prime Rafael Viñoly-designed scheme, which towers some 1,396 feet above the Big Apple and now includes some of its most expensive apartments ($95m being the current high-water mark).

This isn’t one for acrophobics. Perched 1,224 feet up, the new show penthouse looks down on pretty much every major landmark in town, including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Lower Manhattan skyline, and New York Harbour out to the Atlantic Ocean.

Spread across 3,977 square feet, it comes with acres of windows, 12″6′ ceilings, a vast living room, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a powder room, library, gas and wood-burning fireplace, laundry room, service entrance and a formal entrance gallery.

The internal spec includes a marble breakfast bar, oak flooring and a master bathroom with book-matched marble floor and walls, a freestanding soaking tub and a 1,200-pound solid cubic Bianco Sivec marble vanity. The main reception has been kitted out with a free-form, custom “omnidirectional” sofa specially designed by Kelly Behun, along with a custom rug.

There’s hand-painted wall coverings, contemporary furniture designs by Lee Broom and Anna Karlin, vintage pieces from Vladimir Kagan and original designs from Kelly Behun, including a 20-foot headboard in the master bedroom inspired by the art of Frank Stella. Yolande Batteau, the founder of Callidus Guild, was commissioned to create a unique Venetian plaster installation for the fireplace wall, and the residence has been filled with artwork by Jack Pierson, Dean Levin, Helen Frankenthaler, Lynda Benglis, David Choe, Vincent Collin and Luca Nichetto.

Kelly Behun: “My goal was to create a timelessly elegant space that feels warm and comfortable. My favorite aspect of the apartment has to be the views through those oversize windows. To have all of Manhattan unfurl below you in this way is nothing short of extraordinary, and nothing I would do inside could ever upstage that, so I just sought to create a warm embrace from which to enjoy it.”

The building itself has 30,000 square feet of amenities include three full floors dedicated to dining, entertaining, and wellness, with highlights including a private restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Shaun Hergatt, 75-foot indoor swimming pool, billiards room and library, executive boardroom, 18-seat screening room and performance space, and a fitness centre with yoga and treatment rooms programmed and managed by The Wright Fit.

According to Curbed, the sale of all 104 units within 432 Park Avenue is expected to bring in $3.1 billion (£2.1 billion). The penthouse units start at $39.75m.


All images: DBOX for Macklowe Properties & CIM Group