He flew in artisans skilled in traditional, high-specialized Japanese building techniques such as the application of a lime-based plaster called shikkui, which is applied to walls horizontally by multiple craftsmen in simultaneous coordination.“Everything has a meaning that’s in the apartment,” said Noel Berk, one of the listing agents. “It’s a piece of art to live in.”The wood flooring in the condo’s master bedroom is hand-carved, the kitchen cabinets are made from hand-hammered metal, and the apartment is compartmentalized by floating walls allowing for the movement of the pendulum-laden tower.Beyond materials and construction, Sugimoto designed the five-bedroom apartment to open into entertaining areas first, a traditional tearoom, then a large dining room, which includes a sushi bar that was manned by a chef Sugimoto personally selected for his clients, according to a profile by Architectural Record.The architect also custom-designed furniture for every room and installed his artwork and photographs through the space in a series of site-specific installations.But Berk said the apartment maintains a livable and comfortable atmosphere.“It’s big enough to have huge parties and quiet enough to find a corner and read a book,” she said.The intensive renovation finished in 2018 and now the owners, an American family who are “very serious collectors of contemporary Asian art,” are looking to sell the apartment because they’re moving too far away to keep it up, Berk said.The broker worked with the sellers when they initially bought the unit in 2016. Now she and her team are beginning to show the apartment to a select pool of high-end brokers and art-world figures. She doesn’t have an asking price.“We could not put a price on it,” said Berk, citing all the custom finishes and furnishings that would come with the sale. She also noted that Sugimoto hopes to have a relationship with a new owner.A full-floor unit three flights up is asking for $90 million.“The price will be determined by the person who walks in and says ‘This is my home and I want to live this way in New York City,’” Berk explained. “It’s for a unique buyer who’s looking for something very different.”There’s been an uptick in off-market transactions in recent years. Several notable sales were handled without public listings over the last several months, including billionaire Vincent Viola’s Brooklyn Heights mansion.Contact Erin Hudson Full Name* This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Email Address* (Engel & Völkers Market Center, 432 Park)“Among the clouds, at one thousand feet, exists an inner floating garden,” reads the first line of the Engel & Völkers Mercedes Berk team’s off-market listing at 432 Park Avenue.The image seems out of place, borderline absurd, to pair with the rigidly square footprint and design of Harry Macklowe’s controversial supertall. But for the wealthy couple who bought the unfinished 79th floor for $59 million in 2016, that was the point.The pair spent years transforming it into a homage to Japanese workmanship and culture. Now they are looking for a buyer.The couple hired Hiroshi Sugimoto to build out the 8,000-square-foot box of raw space. Apparently sparing no expense, the acclaimed Japanese artist and architect imported specialty materials including weather-beaten stones from Kyoto, and old growth Canadian Hinoki Cypress wood.Read moreVince Viola’s $25.5M mansion sale breaks Brooklyn recordWho’s buying and selling Manhattan homes? Last month’s notable dealsSecret listings soar Message*
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Governor Walker’s reasoning for the move was that he wanted more Alaskans on the board with greater geographic representation. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Legislators are reacting to Governor Bill Walker’s removal of three of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Board’s members. House Speaker Mike Chenault issued a statement Wednesday saying that losing those board members will be hard to replace. Some are questioning if the move will delay the group’s work and Senator Resources Committee Chair Cathy Giessel said firing those board members is the opposite of the governor’s goal to bring north slope natural gas to market. Along with that announcement, Walker instructed the commissioners of the commerce and labor committees not to sign any confidentiality agreements. Late Tuesday the governor’s office announced the dismissal of former Anchorage Senator Drue Pearce, Former oil company executive Al Bolea of Big Lake , and former Exxon-Mobil Pipeline President Richard Rabinow of Texas.
Steve Bates’ side scored five tries in an attritional contest, with the fixture serving as a final opportunity for players to earn selection for next month’s World Rugby U20 Championships in Argentina. England led 14-8 at the break via tries from Josh Hodge and Olly Adkins, as well as two conversions, with South Africa crossing the line through Asenathi Ntlabakanye with Jaden Hendrikse adding a penalty.Connor Doherty crossed for a third England score with late tries from Joel Kpoku and Izaiha Moore-Aiono sealing victory with Hodge converting all of his kicks. “I was really pleased with some areas of our game, we scrummaged well and we took our opportunities,” said head coach, Steve Bates.”There wasn’t quite as much continuity as we would like, we’ve been working on that all week but we created three or four other scoring opportunities tonight that we didn’t take and that would have given the score a completely different complexion. Overall though, it’s progress from the Six Nations and a step in the right direction.”The good thing about playing another fixture is that we’ve had a really good week’s training which has brought the squad a lot closer together and I think that is really beneficial. It’s always good to win against a southern hemisphere nation as we did tonight but we cannot read too much into it but generally I think it was a good performance.”