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New architect-branded supercondos are reinventing the skyline and turning apartments into live-in works of art.

With names like Calatrava, Nouvel and Meier reaching NYC's shores, new architect-branded supercondos are reinventing the skyline and turning apartments into live-in works of art.

Can't keep up with the ever-demanding zeitgeist by simply attending the hottest premiers, swishing off by private jet to the latest "wow" destination, or outfitting your country home with a compendium of contemporary design? Then turn your head to the skies—literally—for an instant image fix by settling into one of the iconic architect-branded buildings that are lighting up the NYC skyline. The next generation of urban upper crusts is reaching up, up, and away into these spacious, supercondos signed by the world's leading architects, including such notables as Herzog & de Meuron, Richard Meier, Santiago Calatrava, Jean Nouvel, and Charles Gwathmey. With the quest for even the most haute horizontal homes becoming increasingly, well, pedestrian, these daringly daft vertical townhouses provide status of unprecedented heights. Carve your name into the New York City skyline by snatching up one of these ravishing, star-studded stratospheric homes. 80 Street South Based on an original sculpture of the human form in movement, Santiago Calatrava's 80 South Street is arguably the most dazzling and dynamic apartment tower ever planned for New York. Designed inside and out by the world-renowned architect, the monumental, gravity-defying sculpture along Manhattan's East Side waterfront will consists of a dozen cantilevered, 45ft-high transparent cubes stacked precariously atop each other like the vertebrae of the spine. Each of the glass-and-stainless-steel townhouses can be divided into a duplex, triplex or four-storey apartment, and comes complete with its own internal elevator, massive outdoor garden, and infinity pool. The rare opportunity to own this 21st century architectural icon begins at $29 million.

40 Mercer Street
A cutting-edge homage to glass in the formerly gritty SoHo, hip hotelier Andre Balasz tapped famed French architect Jean Nouvel for his latest residential project. Transforming the neighborhood's last remaining parking lot into a sexy supercondo complex, 40 Mercer's stylized amenities and progressive design— featuring such unthinkable essentials as electronically-controlled giant sliding glass walls, Pool House, 24-hour concierge, and sassy private club —brings the concept of five-star servicing into the home. Raising the city's panache to luxurious new heights, 40 Mercer is perfect for incurable tastemakers seeking their self-reflection in a pad.

40 Bond Street Do you gush over the outstanding grandeur and genius of London's Tate Modern and wish you could have such remarkable presence—art not included—at home? Well now you can at Ian Schrager's new über-hip luxury condo designed by Swiss architect duo Herzog & de Meuron located in the effortlessly chic NoHo district. The first American building for the renowned team, the poured concrete, 11-storey structure is wrapped in blackened copper and green-tinted luminescent curved glass, boasting 23 unique, light-filled units with startling 11ft-high ceilings, customized Corian counters, and Austrian-smoked oak floors. The building's "détail de resistance" is the radical NYC graffiti-inspired cast-aluminum fence. 165 Charles Street Who needs a Pulitzer when you can own a Pritzker? On New York's brewing Hudson waterfront, the first residential tower with fully finished, custom interiors by Richard Meier—architect of Los Angeles' Getty Museum and Pritzker (aka the Oscars of architecture) Prize winner—awaits you at 165 Charles Street. The sleek, luminous, 16-storey metal-and-glass structure elevates the art of living to pioneering heights. In a serene and severely sleek environment, floor-to-ceiling glass windows give the sensation of weightlessness and offer unparalleled views of the waterfront.

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