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Cast Iron House, Avant Garde Distinction in New York - Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Built in 1882, Franklin Street’s Cast Iron House may have a long history in New York City, but the re-envisioned Tribeca lofts and penthouses within its walls are raising the bar for contemporary luxury living. Architect Shigeru Ban, who was honored with the 2014 Pritzker Prize, has transformed the building, first restoring 4,000 pieces of ironwork from its façade and then setting his sights inside. Each of the landmark’s two new penthouses embodies the best of current design, with unique glass exterior walls that peel back to reveal a spacious private terrace. The building’s other duplex units are no less majestic, boasting double-height ceilings, oak floors, and white lacquer cabinets, all of which contribute to a sleek modern feel.