Perhaps due to the departure from his work schedule of the feature film Enzo Ferrari — he follows Robert De Nero and Christian Bale on the film’s thus-far roster of come-and-go heavyweights — two-time Tony Award-winning actor Hugh Jackman appears to be thinking theater this summer. He’s just signed on the dotted line to acquire a Manhattan penthouse in exchange for $21.1 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The building, designed by Pritzker winner Jean Nouvel and completed in 2007, is a condo in West Chelsea that contains 57 units across 21 levels. Its soft-cornered exterior is clad in a striking array of rectangular windows, a geometric collage that opens its units to the city with a spirit of absolute largesse.
The unit newly acquired by Jackman is a 4,675 sq. ft. property containing three bedrooms and four baths. Its design is rather austere, and aside from the multi-pendant chandelier presiding over the dining area doesn’t present much in the way of ornament; something of a cypher with modular overtones, it features a generally off-white treatment from its terrazzo floors up which relegates its sense of interior style to the city and river outside its windows.
In the absence of overt ornament and without the artworks which will surely soon adorn its walls, the eye looks more deeply, and so striking it forcefully is the V-shaped staircase, a design that suggests the legato and so lends a relaxed feel to the living style. The kitchen comes off as downright clinical, but in the master a balmy serenity prevails due to the Hudson outside the windows and the window seat that offers a prime view of it.
The purchase comes around the same time Jackman made another substantial real estate move in the area; his old penthouse recently hit the market with a $38.9 million price tag.
Jackman’s upcoming films include The Son, with Laura Dern and Anthony Hopkins.