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5 slide-centric homes for when stairs just won't cut it

By: Matt Hickman on Aug. 24, 2011, 10:19 a.m.
Turret Collaborative Architects' East Village Penthouse

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East Village Penthouse

Here’s a common real estate dilemma for ya: You’re a big-bucks bachelor (allegedly, you’re 26-year-old professional poker player Phil Galfond) and you’ve just purchased two one-bedroom penthouses for $3.14 million in the same party-friendly building in NYC’s East Village. You want to conjoin your two new adjacent pads but it isn’t exactly that easy given that one’s directly above, not next to, the other. What to do? How about knocking out the ceiling, creating a double-height atrium with killer city views, and installing a half-tube, stainless steel slide? That’s what Turret Collaborative Architects did for their client who faced this very same dilemma. Write the architects: “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.” Well, hello, party central. All that’s missing is an oversized Jacuzzi tub in the living room, a giant fish tank and Andrew WK as a next-door neighbor.