In New York City, duplexes typically mean slicing a high-ceilinged single apartment horizontally in half– but the Turett Collective Architects‘ new client wanted to instead create a duplex apartment by connecting two East Village 1-bedroom units vertically. The solution? A steel slide that connects the two penthouse condos, an elegant yet playful answer to this spacious (and phenomenally expensive) problem. From the Turett Collective Architects site:

The half-tube stainless steel slide starts on the top floor near the office, and lands below near both the living and dining areas. The sculptural slide is housed in a newly created 18’ tall double-height space, which includes custom designed glass railings.

The image of the stainless steel curves in front of the oversized window to the city beyond, to say nothing of the irrepressible glee of grown adults on the slide, is surprisingly poetic; with careful detailing, the playground element is an unexpectedly elegant addition to the space.

Upon completion, the owner enjoys not only the newly combined total of 2,400 square feet, but also a new game room, office, putting green on the terrace, and of course, the slide.

Overall, its simply a beautiful apartment, but the addition of that slide only makes the duplex so much better– I’m hoping that over time, due to the effects of time & very frequent use, the steel might develop a lovely patina. That’s sure to add some character to the house, without cluttering up all that clean white space. [Via Design Milk.]

Also: is it just me, or am I developing a minor obsession with slides in houses? I’ve already posted about a rainbow house slide, a Japanese 3-story slide, and now this NYC duplex slide… I’m going to self-diagnose and assume that yes, I’m in love with the idea of owning one myself!

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