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Forty years after it was established through the Hyatt Foundation in 1979, the siginificance of the Pritzker Prize comes through in its sobriquet of “the Nobel Prize of architecture." It honors a living architect or architects, but never a firm, with a body of work that demonstrates “a combination of talent, vision, and commitment,” and the candidates and jury deliberations are closely guarded secrets.

This year's laureate is Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, and his ceremony will take place at Chateau de Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of great architectural significance. There he will be awarded a $100,000 grant, a formal citation certificate, a bronze medallion based on designs of Louis Sullivan, and the glory of the world’s architectural community.
In the world of New York real estate, a 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 these "starchitects" come in at a whopping average of $3,139 per square foot. The buildings have become dramatic additions to the city skyline, set new standards for previously overlooked neighborhoods, and served as newfound status symbols. Mr. Isozaki has not 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 Engel & Volkers
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Gracious condominium in the Metropolitan, designed by first-ever Pritzker Prize laureate Philip Johnson, is filled with light from triple exposures and oversized windows throughout the home. A long foyer with the feel of an art gallery leads to a glass-encased living/dining room with soaring ceilings, and a windowed eat-in kitchen is just off this entertaining area. All bedrooms have custom closets and generous square footage, and the master suite boasts bath with infinity soaking tub and glass-enclosed stall shower. See floor plan and full details here.

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 New York Residence
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Beautifully proportioned penthouse with two south-facing terrace in I.M. Pei's only New York ground up condominium offers flowing layout, oversized windows, teak flooring, and state-of-the-art appliances. The modern and functional kitchen is beautifully finished with custom natural walnut cabinetry, a solid clear glass countertop, and glass tile backsplash. A lovely master suite boasts generous closet space and sleek marble bath. See floor plan and full details here.

Richard Meier | 1984 Laureate

Richard Meier and One Waterline Square
10-Riverside-Boulevard-2 Interiors via Corcoran
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One Waterline Square, designed by the firm led by Pritzker Prize-winner Richard Meier, stands at the southernmost portion of Waterline Square, a comprehensive new community joining Midtown with the Upper West Side. Southeastern exposures fill this high-floor home with incredible natural light and views of the Hudson River and downtown and midtown skylines. Custom Italian kitchen by Pedini comes outfitted with Gaggenau appliances and polished chrome Dornbacht fixtures. See further details here.

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 Compass
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Perched on the 15th floor of a Gordon Bunshaft-designed building, this expansive apartment enjoys abundant sunlight and surprising skyline views. The home has been completely renovated with top-of-the-line finishes and new flooring, and the kitchen is outfitted with Caesarstone countertops and high-end appliances. The luxurious master suite has a private balcony, custom walk-in closet, and windowed bath with custom Dornbacht hardware. See floor plan and full details here.

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 Compass
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Fully furnished apartment on the 44th floor of a Frank Gehry-designed residential tower looks out on jaw-dropping views of the Brooklyn Bridge and East River. The open kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances and breakfast bar, and the bright bedroom comes with a walk-in closet. Residents have access to 22,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor health, wellness, social, and entertainment amenities. See floor plan and full details here.

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 Nest Seekers
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The Spring Garden Residence, a never-before-released duplex condo, is one of only two homes in Pritzker Prize laureate Christian de Portzamparc's ultra-exclusive One57 to have private outdoor space on the park. The 43' Great Room features floating stain grade ceiling panels and is surrounded by wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling windows. It leads out onto a stunning 671-square-foot solarium and terrace that boasts a full-length stone bench as well as a stylish screen. The upper level contains four bedrooms, the master bedroom sanctuary among them, and is accessed via a brand-new wooden staircase with contemporary glass railing. See floor plan and full details here.

Tadao Ando | 1995 Laureate

152 Elizabeth Street


7 Units | 7 Floors | 2018

Tadao Ando and 152 Elizabeth Street
152-Elizabeth-Street-2 Interiors via Compass
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Located in Pritzker Prize laureate Tadao Ando's first building outside Asia, this full-floor home's interiors evoke a thoughtful sense of craft and refinement never found in new development. The hallmark of the generously proportioned Great Room is a gas-burning fireplace framed by Pietra Cardosa stone and an artisan plaster wall. Adjacent to the living room is a grand, open kitchen with masterful craftsmanship and a south-facing loggia. See floor plan and full details here.

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 Stacy Spielman
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Rising 30 stories and rich in amenities, 565 Broome Soho is Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano's first New York City residential project. Enter into a breathtaking corner Great Room and open kitchen ideal for both entertaining and daily living. Floor-to-ceiling glass wraps this expansive 26'5" x 25'8" space allowing for abundant natural light and spectacular north and west-facing vistas through the curved façade. The sophisticated master suite offers an oversized walk-in closet, floor-to-ceiling windows facing west, and a windowed, five-fixture master bath. See floor plan and further details here.

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 Zeckendorf Marketing
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Designed by Foster + Partners, led by Pritzer Prize-winner Sir Norman Foster, this one-of-a-kind full-floor penthouse is enhanced by soaring ceilings and bay windows overlooking panoramic views of the East River and United Nations Headquarters. An expansive 73' entertaining area with living room, dining room, and library flows seamlessly into a chef's dream kitchen. The master suite occupies the west wing of the apartment and boasts exhilarating views, generous proportions, and spa-like marble bath. See floor plan and full details here.

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
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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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