Penthouse Atop Coveted I.M. Pei-Designed Tower Lists for $9.8 Million

Living room

The Centurion, a trophy tower at 33 West 56th Street, offers an exclusive opportunity to reside in the luxurious Penthouse B. This marks the first and only condominium complex in New York City designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect I.M. Pei and Pei Partnership Architects. Known for his iconic projects such as the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, I.M. Pei was one of the most esteemed architects of our contemporary era.

The facade of The Centurion is clad in hand-cut French limestone, specifically chosen by I.M. Pei for its warm beige hue and uniquely delicate brown veining. This meticulous attention to detail is a hallmark of Pei’s work, who selected every material, texture, and color for the graceful tower. In the serene lobby, original works of art adorn the gallery-like walls, while cream-colored limestone is mixed with wood finishes and decorative marble to create a symphony of sophistication. Framed by impressive walls of glass, a soothing courtyard features a cascading waterfall that culminates in a beautiful reflecting pool.

Sitting area

“The profound influence of I.M. Pei is evident in every detail of the building – from the lobby’s tranquil water garden to the exquisite limestone and wood accents throughout,” says Thomas Guss of New York Residence, the real estate broker representing the home. “Yet, it’s Penthouse B where Pei’s vision truly shines. With nothing comparable on the market today, this residence offers a unique chance to own a piece of architectural history.”

Ascending to the 12th floor, this over 3,000-square-foot duplex penthouse impresses from the moment one enters, accented by staging from Interior Marketing Group. The residence offers quintessential New York City views overlooking sleek skyscrapers, historic structures, and Central Park just beyond. The gracious living room’s floor-to-ceiling, sound-insulated windows encapsulate the stunning view while keeping the interiors soothingly calm and flooded with natural light. 

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“Drawing inspiration from the building’s architectural character, we created a design concept that seamlessly blends sophistication and functionality while elevating the generous ceiling heights and layout of the two-story space,” said Cheryl Eisen, CEO of Interior Marketing Group. “We incorporated a bit of Asian influence within our selection of artwork and utilized a color palette of soft neutrals in beige, taupe, and ivory, evoking a sense of refinement and tranquility reminiscent of Asian design principles.”

Dining room

A dedicated dining room sits ideally between the expansive living room and chef-grade eat-in kitchen, featuring solid glass countertops, custom cabinetry, and top-of-the-line appliances sure to impress even the most discerning culinary artist. Tucked away, a well-proportioned bedroom with north and west exposures has the potential for various uses, while a beautifully appointed full hall bathroom completes the penthouse’s main level.

Kitchen

Upstairs, two secondary bedrooms each feature walk-in closets, full ensuite bathrooms, and easy access to the in-unit washer and dryer. Just around the interior staircase is the primary suite, highlighted by nearly 14-foot ceilings and a wall of streamlined windows that provide access to the room’s private south-facing terrace. Enhancing the space is a lavish walk-in closet just off the ensuite bathroom, which features a dual sink vanity, walk-in shower, separate soaking tub, private water closet, and more gleaming windows to take in the north-side views.

Primary suite

Quietly positioned off New York City’s bustling Fifth Avenue and mere steps away from Central Park, The Centurion’s central location allows residents to easily traverse the city and live in close proximity to some of the world’s best restaurants, luxury boutiques, iconic museums, and most coveted galleries. Alongside the soothing lobby and ideal location, residents at The Centurion have access to a 24-hour concierge, doorman, garage attendant, and resident manager, while a private fitness center and separately available storage units offer ease for day-to-day life.

Terrace

Asking $9,800,000, this penthouse marvel is sure to make an exceptional addition to any architecture enthusiast’s real estate collection and is exclusively offered through Thomas Guss of New York Residence.