Ty Warner Penthouse
Completed in 1993, I.M. Pei’s Four Seasons Hotel New York still qualified for entry on the list of unfinished works of art, alongside da Vinci’s Gran Cavallo, Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, and Coleridge’s Kubla Khan. Budget limitations prevented I.M. Pei from creating the opulent penthouse he envisioned for his 52-storey, limestone-clad tower.
That changed when Ty Warner purchased the property in 1999. I.M. Pei came out of retirement to create, in collaboration with internationally acclaimed designer Peter Marino, the crown jewel of New York’s tallest hotel.
Less a suite, and more a multi-layered work of art, the expansive Ty Warner Penthouse offers multiple rooms of custom-commissioned luxury, with cantilevered glass balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows providing a 360-degree view of all Manhattan.
Today Four Seasons Hotel New York bears the unique distinction of being I.M. Pei’s only complete (and, much to his satisfaction, fully completed) project in the Western hemisphere.