The TriBeCa Penthouse was created by Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt and Japanese architect Tatsuro Miki, in close collaboration with the hotel's partners Ira Drukier and Robert De Niro. The 6,800 square foot suite was inspired by the TriBeCa neighbourhood's industrial past fused with the ancient Japanese aesthetic of Wabi. The philosophical beliefs or Wabi are beauty found in perfection and authenticity; Artempo - where time beomes art; and poor materials that are rich in spirit.
Sustainable design is echoed throughout the interior and exterior space. Materials like stone, steel, and reclaimed wood were carefully selected and thoughtfully utilised in every area of the penthouse. The Drawing Room includes a comfortable seating area and features glass doors leading out to the lower terrace gardens. The original copper roof of the building has been repurposed by an upstate New York artisan who handcrafted gourd-shaped light fixtures from this metal.
"We want to express a TriBeCa character in the most humble way. Because the architecture is so simple, it belongs as much to the past as to the future," comments Vervoordt.