With sweeping vistas, rooftop terraces and highly prestigious addresses, penthouses can be the most sought-after central city properties. Coming with a premium price tag, such residences are snapped up by owners with deep pockets who often recruit the help of world-leading designers to help them make the space their own. From London to New York, we scouted out three incredible newly renovated sky-high residences that have much more to offer than lofty views, and speak to the designers behind them….

Across the pond in New York City, another historic space has been given an impressive facelift. The Wales, formerly Hotel Wales, has been transformed by Paris-based design agency Pinto, the firm behind the refurbishment of listed buildings such as the Lycée Français de New York and The Lanesborough in London, in partnership with real estate company Adellco.

The former landmark hotel in the neighbourhood of Carnegie Hill is now a modern condominium building. The crown jewel among its offering of high-end homes is a five-bed penthouse with over 4,000 sq ft of interior space plus over 3,000 square feet of terraces. It’s currently on the market for $23 million, with its design highlighted as a key selling point.

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