New York's penthouse playground

March 8, 2013: 5:44 AM ET
Slide through NYC's penthouse playground

A slide. A swing. A climbing wall. It may sound like a children's playground, but these items are all part of a rather unusual New York City penthouse apartment.

High above lower Manhattan, at the top of the former American Tract Society building, sits a 7,000-square-foot residence featuring all of these playful amenities.

"The owners were looking for something, singular and unique," said David Hotson, the architect who designed the home.

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The "singular" item came in the form of a tubular steel slide that winds through the home's four stories and shoots its adventurous riders into the dining room.

The metal sculpture was inspired by an art installation by Carsten H├Âller at the Tate Modern in London that featured a series of spiraling metal slides, said Hotson.

"Whether people arrive here as kids or adults, they all seem to be keen to take a ride down," said Hotson.

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