Björk’s Apartment House in Brooklyn – Björk set her penthouse atop a dignified, pre-war co-operative apartment house in Brooklyn’s historic Brooklyn Heights neighborhood out for sale and, according to saucy Big Apple property snitch R.E. Insider, the $9 million asking price for the four-bedroom and four-bathroom fixer-upper aerie is, ahem, “very aspirational.” The mononymically known Icelandic pop star and performance artist — last name: Gudmunðsdóttir — purchased the approximately 3,000-square-foot simplex penthouse in 2009 for $4 million with her now ex-partner, internationally acclaimed avant-garde artist Matthew Barney, and in 2015, a couple of years after they parted romantic ways, Ms. Gudmunðsdóttir shelled out a bit more than $1.611 million to buy out Mr. Barney’s share of the property.
The suburbia-sized penthouse, “divided into day and night spaces” according the digital marketing materials, includes an elegantly proportioned living room connected to a more intimately proportioned dining room by a wide gallery with French door access to the broad, sparsely planted terrace that wraps around almost the entire penthouse with over-the-rooftops views over Brooklyn and the lower Manhattan skyline.
A small greenhouse structure fitted with retractable canvas shades opens off the dining room and the functionally outfitted kitchen features a white, hexagonal penny tile floor, up-to-date stainless steel appliances and an earwax yellow Venetian glass chandelier hanging over a table crafted of bamboo that gives the room a jolt of outlandish opulence. A service wing behind the kitchen includes a full bathroom, a tiny home office and a spacious laundry room. A long corridor extends back off the foyer with three not particularly ample guest bedrooms, two with clean-lined contemporary built-ins and one en suite with a walk-in closet, along with a private master bedroom that is painted a deep shade of fuchsia and includes four closets, none of them especially big, and a compact bathroom with perfectly ordinary beige tiles on the floor and in the shower.
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