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The Visionaire: A LEED Platinum High-Rise Condo in New York City

A couple looking to better the world makes a home in The Visionaire, New York City’s first LEED-Platinum high-rise condo.

Built by the Albanese Organization, The Visionaire is the first residential high-rise condo in the United States to win LEED Platinum certification. Atop The Visionaire, pesticide-free rooftop gardens landscaped with native plants used harvested rainwater for irrigation.
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In a glassed-in living room corner, the couple's guitars are at once part of the decor and readibly accessible for playing. "If the guitars are out, you tend to pick them up and play more," Amanda says.
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LED light boxes frame photos of marine life that Jesse took in the Marshall Islands. The coffee table in the center of the room is made from steel reclaimed from a grounded ship.
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The rooftop deck offers The Visionaire’s Manhattan residents green outdoor spaces with stunning views of Ellis Island and the Hudson River.
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In the dining room, a Ligne Roset table seats six to eight, but a hidden leaf allows it to expand to accommodate double the guests. The unusual chandelier is also adjustable, allowing for the height of the light to change.
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One of Jesse's favorite rooms is the kitchen, where he can cook while chatting with guests and overlooking his home's gorgeous views. The kitchen includes bamboo cabinetry and recycled glass tiles.
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In Amanda and Jesse's master bedroom, soft furniture colors and textures and living plants add a refined touch to the cityscape views outside the window.
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The home's soft nautical theme continues in the master bedroom, which features a large open shelving unit from Restoration Hardware handmade of wood and metal and inspired by industrial 1950s shelving from a Dutch ship-building factory. Decorated with mementos from their travels, the shelving unit is at once functional storage and an artistic display space.
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One of Jesse and Amanda's main goals was to create a comfortable, healthy home where they and their friends and family could relax.
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Jesse and Amanda enjoy walking their dog, Molly, in the many parks and green spaces in their urban neighborhood.
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