Located at New York’s iconic United Nations Plaza, the 50 United Nations Plaza (“50UNP”) duplex penthouse balances grandeur with gallery-like precision, making it a jaw-dropping setting for world-class artworks. In this one-of-a-kind space, stunning floor-to-ceiling bay windows showcase the sprawling metropolis outside, while the refined interior—designed by famed architects Foster + Partners—offers a serene, even meditative response.
Now, the Artnet Gallery Network has curated a virtual exhibition that takes inspiration from the residence’s unique features. One finds the harmony of natural elements in features like the glass-enclosed fireplace, distinctive oak details, and the 33-foot infinity-edge pool. The artworks selected by the Artnet Gallery Network are meant to emphasize the architectural details of this 9,700 square foot space. The duplex’s soaring ceilings, which rise up to 13-feet are particularly suited to large-scale sculptures—a rare asset for any collector.
Emerging artist Patrick Hurst’s stainless steel sculpture The Mind of Others presents an evocative, seemingly gravity-defining silhouette at the center of the spacious living room which spans the entire 73-foot east face of the building, with unobstructed views of the river and beyond. In addition to its grand living and dining areas, the lower floor includes a state-of-the-art kitchen with generous counter and storage space, as well as two guest bedrooms and a private terrace facing the Manhattan skyline. A curved oak and stainless steel staircase leads upstairs to the half-floor master suite, ipe wood deck and pool, and separate guest bedroom and entertainment room with an adjoining kitchen.
Dale Enochs, Postindustrial Mandala. Courtesy of Long-Sharp Gallery.
An introspective centerpiece in the expansive entertainment room, Dale Enochs’s Postindustrial Mandala casts a captivating circle of light that in cooler months will echo the room’s electric fireplace and overlook the private outdoor pool year-round.
Ferruccio Gard, Untitled. Courtesy of Cris Contini Contemporary.
Ferruccio Gard, Effetto Colore in Op Art. Courtesy of Cris Contini Contemporary.
Two of Ferruccio Gard’s uplighting op-art creations add pops of color and geometry to the room. Across from the entertainment room is the master lounge, part of the half-floor master suite, which allows for more secluded relaxation and access to the pool.
Kim Jaeil, Vestige. Courtesy of Sundaram Tagore Gallery.
Jeffrey Robb, FL-KM12941336. Courtesy of Cris Contini Contemporary.
In a spacious second-floor guest bedroom, Kim Jaeil’s Vestige (Space Silver) offers a fascinatingly textured work that captures the eye almost as much as the views of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings. Jeremy Robb’s Rorschach Flower, too, offers a reflective space to pause and contemplate in the master bedroom suite.
Anila Quayyumb, Hidden Diamond – Saffron. Courtesy of Sundaram Tagore Gallery.
Meanwhile, in the intimate space of the guest bedroom with northwest views, Pakistani artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s hanging sculpture Hidden Diamond fills the interior with dynamic shadows and lights that mimic the effect of sunset between the city buildings.
Nic Fiddian-Green, Still Water. Courtesy of Sladmore Gallery, London.
Moving out onto the second terrace, a moment of pause is offered in Nic Fiddian-Green’s towering Still Water (2016) a monumental equestrian bust that defies the buzzing motion of the city beyond with its powerful sense of serenity.
These artworks draw out the careful details of the 50UNP duplex penthouse, which are rare in new construction. The thought given to the space is in many ways tied to the residence’s history; 50UNP has been spearheaded by third-generation developers William Lie Zeckendorf and Arthur Zeckendorf. The Zeckendorfs’ grandfather, William Zeckendorf Sr., first purchased 17 acres of land along New York’s East Rivers in 1946 and offered the space home for the United Nations in a deal supported by the Rockefeller family. Sixty years later, his grandsons purchased the property directly across from the United Nations, which they have developed in homage to their grandfather (and to note, their maternal grandfather, Trygve Lie was the first Secretary-General of the United Nations). This spectacular duplex penthouse is a tribute to their family legacy and a place where artwork thrives.
This one of a kind indoor/outdoor space is available for immediate occupancy and provides a perfect balance for today’s work at home lifestyle. For more information about this stunning property, please visit 50UNP.com and contact the Sales Office to schedule a private tour.
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The floor-to-ceiling windows create the sensation of being within the sky itself.
Four master-sized bedrooms allow ample space for luxurious living and home offices with uninterrupted skyline views.
The majestic, 33-foot infinity pool with unparalleled outdoor space.