Photos Courtesy of Meier On RothschildPritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier has created one of the most luxurious residential buildings in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Meier-on-Rothschild is a 42-story ultra-luxury residential tower designed by Meier and developed by Berggruen Residential Ltd. The most luxurious residence in the building, The Palace in the Sky, is a 15,257-square-foot villa on the 38th and 39th floors. It is listed for $50 million, making it the most expensive apartment ever for sale in Tel Aviv. The tower at 36 Rothschild Boulevard is 65 percent pre-sold and on track for completion in the first quarter of 2014.
Meier-on-Rothschild’s remaining three penthouses include The Royal Penthouse, a 7,833-square-foot estate on the 40th floor; the Rothschild Summit, a 6,520-square-foot townhouse on the 41st and 42nd floors; and The Palace in the Sky. All penthouses feature 360-degree views, 10-foot ceilings, Jacuzzis, generous outdoor terraces, private elevators, and more.
The modernist 590-foot white and transparent tower has 141 units total. Amenities include a spa, fitness center, relaxation lounge, treatment room, a 25-meter swimming pool, Jacuzzi; wine cellar that will double as an entertaining facility, and a 24-hour concierge service to assist the tenants.
The penthouse units (priced from $19 to $50 million) also contain another surprise: original Richard Meier artwork. Meier does not only design buildings; he creates collages for friends and select institutions. Many of Meier's collages were created during long flights or in the waiting areas of airports and are layered compositions of “found” papers, shapes and colors. Meier selected four collages, which are on museum board, from his archive to be included in these residences. Meier apparently takes his collages seriously and according to NY Times, he often spends his Sundays creating them. He's also been recognized for these pieces of art and in 2005, select works were exhibited at the Gagosian Gallery.