25 Mercer by Fogarty Finger: 2017 Best of Year Winner for Model Apartment
One of an increasingly popular type of real-estate development, fittingly adopting the boutique moniker originally embraced by hotels, 25 Mercer has just five apartments. But while the number of units may be small, the size of each certainly isn’t. The showcase triplex, with five bedrooms and six bathrooms, sprawls over 4,800 square feet not including three outdoor areas. One of them, a central courtyard, is the result of a space-reallocation sleight of hand. Since the building—actually two 1860’s cast-iron buildings merged long ago—is in a landmark district, the interior could not be expanded. So Fogarty Finger Architecture cleverly subtracted some space. “We cut a hole in the middle to create a light well,” Chris Fogarty explains. That square footage was then transferred to create a rooftop “party room.”
The staging firm Interior Marketing Group brought in the low-slung modular seating and the flowing curtains to accentuate the high ceilings. Furnishings complete, the apartment was then featured on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing. Sold!
Project Team: John Zimmer; Haanwa Chau; Annelise Opaas; Buzz Wei; Margaret Zyro; Katy Giblin.