It’s been nearly six months since Sting and his wife, actress Trudie Styler, listed their condo in Manhattan. In May, the duo set the asking price for the duplex penthouse apartment in the Robert A. M. Stern-designed 15 Central Park West at $56 million. This week, the property sold for $50 million.
15 Central Park West opened in 2007. The New Classical building, according to its architect, is designed to comment on Manhattan’s architectural past, and keep it evergreen; it’s also designed to be both a focus and a background, embellishing the landscape without dominating it. Limestone, a material both geologically and architecturally fundamental, was used for its façade.
A conservatively designed building, then, with fairly conservative apartments. Sting and Styler’s unit, however, has received a lot of press for its cerebral and individually stylized execution.
At its heart is a trio of spirals—the fireplace and two staircases—which may indicate someone involved in the design vision is a devotee of Melvillean symbolism. Suffice it to say that the designers commissioned for the project had done their homework. And, although the apartment’s interior architecture and design ethos may represent a turn at residential-space-as-high-concept, the slick postmodern montage is far too layered to be anything but engaging.
The unit measures 5,500 square feet, excluding the 400 square-foot terrace that overlooks the Park. There are four bedrooms and 5.5 baths throughout.
Musically ambitious Sting released a new studio album last year—‘57th and 9th’—and in February of this year embarked on a grueling tour to support the album: around 115 performances packed into the last eight months. Actor, producer and director Trudie Styler helmed last year’s ‘Freak Show.’