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March has been declared International Women's History Month for years, and the Pritzker Prize announcement at this time of year has often been a coincidence. However, the 2020 laureates just made history: Dublin-based architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara are the first two women to share the Pritzker Prize, popularly known as "the Nobel Prize of architecture."

Established through the Hyatt Foundation in 1979, the Pritzker Prize honors a living architect or architects (never a firm, though) whose work demonstrates “a combination of talent, vision, and commitment." The candidates and jury deliberations are closely guarded secrets. Ms. Farrell and Ms. McNamara already enjoy the glory of the world's architectural community, and this year's ceremony will take place later this spring at a site of great architectural significance. At this time, the winners will be awarded a $100,000 grant, a formal citation certificate, and a bronze medallion based on designs of Louis Sullivan.
In the world of New York real estate, the name of a Pritzker Prize laureate confers instant cachet on a building before it is even out of the ground, and justifiably so. According to CityRealty data, apartments in buildings designed by high-profile architects come in at an average of $3,003 per square foot - a dip from past years, but still nearly twice New York's average condo price of $1,575 per square foot. These buildings have become dramatic additions to the city skyline, set new standards for previously overlooked neighborhoods, and served as newfound status symbols. Neither Ms. Farrell nor Ms. McNamara has yet designed a New York residential building, but a look inside at the following availabilities in previous Pritzker Prize laureates' designs shows unbelievable attention to detail, top-of-the-line appliances and finishes, and homes that live up to their building's reputation.
CityRealty Starchitect Condo Index

Philip Johnson | 1979 Laureate

Philip Johnson and The Metropolitan
181-East-90th-Street-2 Interiors via Brown Harris Stevens
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From the listing:
This grand home has it all - location, space and views! It is in a class by itself and will appeal to savvy buyers, as it is well priced to sell today. Enjoy breathtaking sunsets framed in oversized double pane wrap-around windows facing north, east and west. Cross the threshold and be greeted by a dramatic foyer whose walls are graced with beautiful marmorino plaster tastefully custom made by the current owner who also designed the beautiful gold leaf plated entryway door.

Deep closets and a classy powder room with custom made Venetian plaster walls provide the finishing touches at the entry. From the foyer, migrate to a spacious dining room perfect for entertaining, and which flows into a bright 19' x 18' living room surrounded by walls of windows that showcase incredible open views. If you believe the heart of the home is the kitchen, you won't be disappointed by this true windowed eat-in kitchen seating 8, boasting brand-new cabinetry, Viking stainless steel appliances, including a wine refrigerator and significant counter space.

I.M. Pei | 1983 Laureate

Centurion, 33 West 56th Street

48 Units | 17 Floors | 2009

I.M. Pei and Centurion
33-West-56th-Street-2 Interiors via The Corcoran Group
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From the listing:
Steps away from Central Park and Fifth Avenue, the Centurion is the only ground-up condominium project in New York City designed by Pei Partnership Architects and I.M. Pei, the visionary architect behind some of the world's most imaginative, graceful, detailed and refined structures. Quietly tucked away, this gorgeous one bedroom with a den (or guest bedroom) features an easy-flowing layout with perfectly proportioned rooms and ample storage space.The elegant foyer features a large closet that leads into an expansive living and dining room boasting 10' ceilings, wide plank teak floors, and double-paned floor-to-ceiling windows. A sense of tranquility and serenity is felt when looking out of any window! With views of the Marlborough Gallery's sculpture rooftop and the Centurion's serene limestone water garden with a waterfall and reflecting pool you will forget that you are in the center of the city.The incredibly spacious master bedroom with room for a sitting area, and a generous walk-in closet is complemented by an en-suite luxurious spa-like bathroom with a large steam shower finished in a soft grey natural stone and polished marble floors.

Richard Meier | 1984 Laureate

Richard Meier and One Waterline Square
10-Riverside-Boulevard-2 Interiors via Corcoran
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From the listing:
This south-facing residence is bathed in light with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows imparting Hudson River views and impressive views of the New York City skyline. The master suite features a walk-in closet and five-fixture bathroom with enclosed water closet, deep soaking tub and shower with built-in bench.

The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet. A large hall closet accommodates side by side fully-vented washer/dryer. Custom Italian kitchens by Pedini celebrate the discerning tastes of One Waterline Square's residents. Outfitted with Gaggenau appliances and punctuated by polished chrome Dornbracht fixtures, each kitchen will supply fully-vented range hoods, wine refrigerators and garbage disposals.

Gordon Bunshaft | 1988 Laureate

Manhattan House, 200 East 66th Street


581 Units | 21 Floors | 1950

Gordon Bunshaft and Manhattan House
200-East-66th-Street-2 Interiors via Elliman
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From the listing:
Offering a generous and well-designed layout with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, this home captures the essence of beautiful living in one of the world's most sophisticated cities. Superb light floods this residence from all sides, with beautiful skyline views visible from both its northern and southern exposures.

The design features of this home include a wood-burning fireplace complimented by custom crown molding, 4" wide solid rift cut white oak floors with walnut stain, a windowed-kitchen with top-of-the-line Professional Series stainless steel appliances including a wine cooler, and an Ann Sacks glass-tiled backsplash. All bathrooms offer polished chrome fixtures, while the master and second bathroom are furnished with Sebastian Creme marble and Zocalo Creme marble, respectively. Ceramic tile beautifully highlights the third bathroom.

Frank Gehry | 1989 Laureate

New York by Gehry, 8 Spruce Street


903 Rental Units | 76 Floors | 2011

Frank Gehry and New York by Gehry
8-Spruce-Street Interiors via Sotheby's
8-Spruce-Street-3
From the listing:
Perched upon the 72nd floor, you have to see to believe these views! The beautiful light-filled living room opens to the gourmet kitchen with quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances which make this apartment perfect for entertaining. The apartment features a spa-like bath. The apartment also has a washer/dryer and an enormous walk in closet in the bedroom for extra storage.

Alvaro Siza | 1992 Laureate

611 West 56th Street


83 Units | 37 Floors | 2020

Alvaro Siza and 611 West 56th Street
611-West-56th-Street-2 Interiors via Compass
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From the listing:
From the minute you step onto the 5” wide white country oak plank flooring of the custom oak paneled entry of this sophisticated multi-corner two bed, two and a half bath residence, you are drawn in by the high ceilings and expansive windows. The approximate 28’ window expanse creates a lovely vantage point in which to view the M. Paul Friedburg and Alvaro Siza designed sculpture garden below.

In the kitchen, the Italian Aster Cucine custom walnut cabinetry is illuminated by edge lighting and underscored with a well appointed Gaggeneau appliance package (cooktop, oven, speed oven, refrigerator, wind cooler, and dishwasher). The grey tones of the counter top and backsplash crafted in Italian Grigio Nicola marble feels like silk to the touch and pairs exquisitely with the richness of the walnut cabinets and facing moveable island.

Christian de Portzamparc | 1994 Laureate

One57, 157 West 57th Street


92 Units | 90 Floors | 2014

Christian de Portzamparc and One57
157-West-57th-Street-2 Interiors via Elliman
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From the listing:
With soaring ceilings well over 10 feet, extra-tall doorways and breathtaking views of Central Park, the city skyline and the Hudson River to well beyond the George Washington Bridge, this is one of Manhattan's truly great rooms, ideal both for lavish entertaining as well as a casual night of stargazing at home. One enters the apartment through a classic foyer with a window overlooking Central Park which leads to a grand gallery perfectly suited for the display of art or family portraits.

The large eat-in kitchen is designed by Smallbone of Devizes and features custom cabinetry, granite countertops and backsplashes, and has top-of-the-line appliances that a home chef will appreciate. There is also a large center island with two Miele dishwashers, Sub-Zero appliances including a large wine refrigerator and elegant Dornbracht fixtures, plus ample storage and extra room for informal dining. The large master bedroom offers direct views of Central Park, an enormous walk-in closet plus two large additional closets, and a master bathroom featuring radiant heated floors and enormous slabs of Italian marble that are perfectly matched.

Tadao Ando | 1995 Laureate

152 Elizabeth Street


7 Units | 7 Floors | 2018

Tadao Ando and 152 Elizabeth Street
152-Elizabeth-Street-2 Interiors via The Modlin Group
152-Elizabeth-Street-3
From the listing:
Perfectly positioned in vibrant Nolita, Pritzker Prize Laureate Tadao Ando's "jewel box" is his first residential work outside of Asia. Ensuring complete privacy and enhanced security, the key-fob elevator opens directly onto the extraordinary custom Gabellini Sheppard-designed stairway. Connecting the three floors, the glass and satin stainless steel stairway is strikingly paved with beautifully honed Pietra Cardosa stone. Graced by 10' ceilings, a gas-burning fireplace surrounded by a honed Pietra Cardosa hearth, and floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase views while opening up the home to even more light and air, the 52' great room connects to an expansive planted terrace featuring signature water walls and reflecting pools.

The top-of-the-line chef's kitchen is clad with premium finishes like Italian milk glass, a sliding island countertop, custom Italian Eucalyptus wood cabinetry, and boast fixtures like a fully-integrated Gaggenau appliance package. Dinesen HeartOak wide-plank flooring featuring butterfly joints and Dinesen white oak walls throughout provide an exceptional look and a powerful expression of luxury. A media room and four stunningly designed bedroom suites occupy the second floor. Upholstered with sound-attenuating fabric, each room is its own private oasis.

Renzo Piano | 1998 Laureate

565 Broome Soho, 565 Broome Street


115 Units | 30 Floors | 2018

Renzo Piano and 565 Broome Soho
565-Broome-Street-2 Images via Elliman
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From the listing:
This over sized residence in Renzo Piano's first New York City residential project offers great light and sensational city views. Featuring 10' ceilings and 6" wide-plank white oak floors throughout, expansive south and east facing panoramic city views of One World Trade Center, historic Soho, and the downtown Manhattan skyline. A formal entry foyer leads to a breathtaking corner great room and open kitchen ideal for both entertaining and daily living. Floor-to-ceiling glass wraps this expansive 16'5" x 39'4" space allowing for abundant natural light and spectacular south and east facing vistas through the curved facade.

The kitchen offers a rich mix of materials and textures with custom designed solid fluted white oak cabinets, center island breakfast bar, Balsatina lavastone countertops, and Zucchetti fixtures. Fully integrated, state-of-the-art Miele appliances include a four-burner gas cooktop with built in fully vented hood, 24 inch microwave/ speed oven, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, and wine cooler.

Sir Norman Foster | 1999 Laureate

50 United Nations Plaza


88 Units | 43 Floors | 2015

Sir Norman Foster and 50 United Nations Plaza
50-United-Nations-Plaza-2 Interiors via Nest Seekers
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From the listing:
Welcome to the exquisite Residence 17B! The Eastern side of the residence spans over an exceptional and dramatic 50 linear feet with grand scale 11' floor-to \-ceiling windows directly facing unobstructed serene East River views. The gorgeous light and vistas dazzle throughout the day and the big sky and bright city lights enchant throughout evening from every room. The residence offers two signature oversized floor-to-ceiling bay windows in both the massive living and dining areas exuding a personality of glamour and calm while being perfectly pristine and oh-so-grown up.

Adjacent to the dining room, step into the fully equipped windowed eat in chef’s kitchen with beautiful custom Poliform white lacquered cabinetry, curved center island, granite countertops and top of the line Miele and Subzero appliances offering two entrances, perfect for catering grand events or quiet family gatherings. There is a secondary service entrance including service elevator steps from the kitchen offering staff ideal proximity and convenience.

Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron | 2001 Laureates

56 Leonard Street


145 Units | 60 Floors | 2016

Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron and 56 Leonard Street
56-Leonard-Street-2 Interiors via Compass
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High-floor home in Downtown Manhattan's most iconic landmark high-rise, Herzog & de Meuron's 56 Leonard Street, boasts over 3,000 square feet of interior space, three terraces, and endless entertainment potential. The corner Great Room is distinguished by a gas fireplace and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass that fill it with sunlight by day and sparkling city views by night. An open chef's kitchen is anchored by a black granite island with integrated cabinetry and wine fridge, and outfitted with Corian surfaces and high-end appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

Dame Zaha Hadid | 2004 Laureate

520 West 28th Street


39 Units | 11 Floors | 2017

Dame Zaha Hadid and 520 West 28th Street
520-West-28th-Street-2 Interiors via Corcoran
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Designed inside and out by Dame Zaha Hadid, this generously scaled three-level penthouse's level of interior detailing is remarkable on every level, including features such as 10' wide motorized windows, distinctive curved window detailing, sculptural kitchen islands, high ceilings and custom wall-paneling designed for an art collection. The extraordinary 1,200-square-foot Great Room boasts lovely southeast views of the Chelsea skyline, the High Line, and the verdant new sculpture garden with a perfect balcony to soak it all in, not to mention a stunning private roof deck with the potential for a pool or hot tub. See floor plan and full details here.

Jean Nouvel | 2008 Laureate

53W53, 53 West 53rd Street


145 Units | 82 Floors | 2018

Jean Nouvel and 53W53
53-West-53rd-Street-2 Interiors via Corcoran
53-West-53rd-Street-3
Enjoy panoramic Central Park, Hudson River, and skyline views through floor-to-ceiling windows in this half-floor residence located in the new Jean Nouvel-designed tower rising above The Museum of Modern Art. Nouvel's innovative exposed structural system, known as the diagrid, is expressed like a graceful, abstract piece of sculpture creating a one-of-a-kind residence unlike any other in the world. Interiors feature massively scaled living room, windowed chef's dream kitchen, and palatial master suite with Central Park views. See floor plan and further details here.

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