A few months before opening its doors in New York City, the new building inspired by Baccarat crystal captures the delicate perfection distinctive of the French brand.
By Verónica Boix
The new Baccarat Hotel & Residences tower will redefine the elegance of the French tradition, in the heart of Manhattan. Commemorating the 250th anniversary of the exclusive firm, the spectacular glass building will open later this year to become the quintessence of luxury and design.
The tower is located across the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) along Fifth Avenue in a historic building that was originally a branch of the New York Public Library System. The joint development project from Starwood Capital Group and Tribeca Associates manages to fuse the Louis XV style with creative modernity, in a unique architectural vision. 432 Park Avenue and Cast Iron House
Inspired by the world-famous Baccarat crystal, the structure captures the delicate nature of the company’s perfect glassware. Its facade is clad in metal and glass modules that shine with a splendor that evokes the Palace of Versailles, the magnificent royal residence where King Louis XV was born. The French monarch is credited for issuing the royal decree authorizing the opening of the legendary glass workshop in 1764.
The sixty condominiums designed by the prestigious Tony Ingrao compete with 114 hotel rooms to delineate the different areas of this 50-story tower where everything has a superlative brightness. Each unit sports a Baccarat crystal chandelier, white marble floors and a ziricote-wood-paneled vestibule. The owners will have access to all the hotel amenities, including a lounge overlooking MoMA, a crystal covered bar surrounded by a terrace, a spa with indoor pool, gym and a French restaurant.
On top of the 50-stories, a 7,400 square-foot penthouse crowns the impressive tower. Valued at $60 million, the impressive duplex has floor to ceiling glass windows from where the owners can enjoy panoramic views of Central Park, the Empire State building, One World Trade Center and other New York landmarks. Equally beautiful and elegant, each room feels sunny and cozy with a décor that introduces a variety of warm hues. White onyx, frosted glass and gleaming chrome details masterfully complete the contrasts in Ingrao’s designed.
With a spacious master suite and four other bedrooms, the second floor of the penthouse embodies the latest trend in interior decor. The 1,150 square-foot master suite is located in a private wing of the residence and includes a living room with fireplace, creating an atmosphere of intimacy and charm. The master bath exhibits impeccable taste with floor to ceiling windows that take the eye towards the New York City skyline.
The appreciation for unique details can be felt in a sculptural floating tub by Victoria and Albert, Lido polished white marble vanities, floors and walls with huge slabs of marble and Kallista sinks, all expressive elements that add elegance and personality.
Just as the products made by the legendary French crystal firm, the Baccarat Hotel & Residences in New York City ensures that each space is a perfect work of art worthy of the world’s most discerning connoisseurs. ■
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