Landmarks Commission throws rocks at Ackman’s glass penthouse

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The metropolis Landmarks Preservation Commission this week despatched billionaire hedge funder Bill Ackman and his spouse Neri Oxman again to the drafting board to change plans for a two-story, glass penthouse they need to construct atop a century outdated constructing close to Central Park — an addition neighbors have panned as an attention-seeking vainness venture that appears, amongst different issues, like a wayward flying saucer.

It “looks like a Malibu beach house that got blown onto our roof,” Mary Breasted, who lives within the constructing at 6-16 West 77th Street, sniffed throughout Tuesday’s digital Landmarks assembly.

The fee delay a vote on the design by famend architect Norman Foster, which might substitute a pink stucco dwelling on prime of the Upper West Side co-op, Bloomberg reported.

The construction is a part of a four-apartment buy that Ackman, the CEO of Pershing Square, purchased in 2018 for $22.5 million.

The couple was as an alternative informed to revisit their proposal, to make it barely shorter so it’s much less seen from the road, in accordance with Business Insider.

Bill Ackman, chief executive officer and portfolio manager at Pershing Square Capita
Ackman mentioned he spent two years engaged on the plans.
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“We ask the applicants to continue to study this project,” Landmarks Chair Sarah Carroll said at the end of the listening to. “You are in the right direction, [but continue] thinking about how you can fulfill the design intent of this glass house on the roof by sinking it down, lowering it, maintain a more sort of horizontal quality.”

The plans for the 5,200-square-foot penthouse — which can take at least 18 months to construct — got a go-ahead advisory vote by Community Board 7 on Nov. 3.

But constructing resident Belle Horwitz informed Landmarks that the co-op’s board hasn’t accepted the plan, and that seven former board presidents who live within the constructing oppose it, in accordance with Bloomberg.

Billionaire Bill Ackman
The design was executed by famend architect Norman Foster.
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“It’s almost mocking us,” she continued, describing the design as “a deliberately discordant project whose sole objective is to call attention to itself.”

The fee acquired 50 letters opposing the proposal from people and one other 4 from advocacy teams, Carroll mentioned, in accordance with Business Insider.

But one resident of the constructing who attended the listening to mentioned the opponents had been merely louder and extra seen than the supporters.

“The number of shareholders in our building who oppose this project are wildly overrepresented in this hearing,” he mentioned.

Ackman, who attended the Zoom listening to, mentioned he spent two years engaged on the plans after ditching an earlier design that will have been too seen from the road.

His purpose, he mentioned, was to provide you with a venture that was extra considerate and refined for the rooftop overlooking Central Park.

“The last thing we wanted to do here was barge in and build something on someone else’s building disrespectfully,” he mentioned.

Former New Yorker structure critic Paul Goldberger spoke in assist of the design, saying it might substitute a “mediocre penthouse with first-rate architecture.”

Billionaire Bill Ackman penthouse
The Landmarks Preservation Commission acquired 50 letters opposing the proposal from people and one other 4 from advocacy teams.
Foster + Partners

Former NYC Parks Commissioner and former President of the New-York Historical Society Betsy Gotbaum known as the plan “glorious” and mentioned she was “blown away by the beauty” of the design.

It’s not clear when the present penthouse, which is a part of the unique design of the 1927 constructing, was painted pink. Some opponents objected to destroying the present construction. The property isn’t a metropolis landmark, however falls throughout the Upper West Side/Central Park West historic district. 

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