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This $27M Mod London Penthouse Offers Terrific Thames Views

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Location: London, England
Price: £17,750,000 (~$27,326,213)

In a city where glass-and-steel high-rises are sprouting like weeds and a thicket of construction cranes are reshaping the skyline, swank penthouses have become an increasingly common species of luxury real estate. But this rare perch above the Thames designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, set atop NEO Bankside, one of the most expensive development in the city, may be one of the most talked-about. The two-story, four-bedroom, 7,080-square foot residence on the South Bank boasts a pair of winter gardens (glass-enclosed balconies) and two private terraces along with views of St. Paul's Cathedral. Inside, dramatic, triangular living spaces dominate the unique floor plan, due in large part to the steel exoskeleton bracing the building, a nod to the area's industrial heritage and part of the reason the development was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, the most prestigious in British architecture.

At ground level, it might be a little harder to spot evidence of the area's factory-filled past. A series of landscaped gardens connects the development's six-sided structures, which occupy prime real estate adjacent to the Tate Modern and a short walk to the Globe Theatre, Hayward Gallery and a number of venues and cultural institutions. It's clearly a desirable address, though not one without its share of controversy.

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