Austin Nichols Penthouse: The Ultimate Family-Friendly Pied-à-Terre

Discover the exquisite Austin Nichols Penthouse, a luxurious apartment nestled along the East River waterfront in Brooklyn, NY. Designed by MA | Morris Adjmi Architects in 2021, this modern and masculine space blends industrial elements with dark woods and natural stone, creating a tranquil home perfect for family gatherings. With sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline, this family-friendly pied-à-terre boasts a bespoke design that harmonizes contemporary trends with the building’s historic concrete structure.

Contemporary living room with neutral tones and minimalist design.
Modern kitchen with marble backsplash, wooden accents, and dining area
Contemporary dining room with neutral tones and artistic touches.
Modern dining room with wooden table, chairs, and artistic hanging light fixture.
Contemporary bedroom with a minimalist design, neutral tones, and wood accents.
Modern bathroom with textured stone sink and rectangular mirror.
Modern bathroom with a freestanding tub and gray stone walls.
Modern bathroom with a circular mirror, marble countertop, and vertical light fixture.

About Austin Nichols Penthouse

Industrial Transformation

MA | Morris Adjmi Architects undertook the 2016 renovation of the Austin Nichols House, a 1915 concrete warehouse in Brooklyn, NY. The 347,000-square-foot structure was reimagined into a luxury multifamily building that resonates with history. Fast forward to 2021, the firm was tasked with crafting a family-friendly pied-à-terre within one of the penthouse units.

Modern and Masculine Design

Collaborating closely with the client, MA curated a 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom space exuding tranquility while honoring the building’s industrial legacy. The design, blending modern elements with a masculine touch, features dark woods and natural stone that complement the concrete, glass, and steel structure.

Luxurious Kitchen

The open-concept kitchen showcases clean lines and bold natural materials, including honed Arabescato Corchia marble countertops, Henrybuilt oak cabinetry, and a striking fluted free-standing island with a leathered granite top. Natural light floods the space through a large skylight, enhancing the contemporary yet soulful ambiance.

Opulent Bathrooms

The primary bathroom boasts a custom stone vanity and limestone walls, contrasting with blackened steel and fluted glass partitions. Meanwhile, the secondary bathroom features Belgian terracotta tiles and hand-made Moroccan zellige wall tile, creating a unique aesthetic with a floating marble-clad vanity.

Innovative Features

A standout feature is the folding wall system along the western facade, offering unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline. This bespoke addition enhances the indoor-outdoor living experience, complemented by a double-sided fireplace usable both indoors and on the panoramic terrace.

Experience the seamless fusion of industrial heritage and modern elegance in the Austin Nichols Penthouse, a true testament to sophisticated design and functionality.

Photography courtesy of MA | Morris Adjmi Architects
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- by Matt Watts