The Centurion, the luxury condo development at 33 West 56th Street, is best-known as Louvre-legendary I.M. Pei’s first Manhattan residential design, a proverbial rite of passage for any self-respecting starchitect.
The 17-story building has a cascading glass and Chamesson limestone facade—the limestone was quarried and hand-cut in Burgundy as it was the only place Mr. Pei’s desired hue could be found, which, the building’s Web site assures, will differentiate it from other Manhattan condos, which tend to use the more common “grayish Indiana limestone.” Tapering upward from the square base in accordance with the neighborhood’s setback laws, The Centurion boasts 48 luxury apartments, three of which are penthouses just coming on the market.
Open since last spring, about 50 percent of the units are sold, according to Ilan Bracha, the eponymous muscle behind Douglas Elliman‘s Bracha Group, which is currently taking over sales for the building. The condo’s developer, Roy Stillman of Stillman Development International, was handling sales on his own, including a trio of neighboring apartments bought by Nigerian business oligarch, Tunde Folawiyo, for a combined sum of $10.1 million last April. However, he has decided to pass the torch to Mr. Bracha, who told The Observer confidently, “We have a few offers in contract. It is showing a lot of activity, especially with international buyers; our buyers are about 90 percent international, it’s a wonderful place for a pied-à-terre.”