130 West 30th Street (Chelsea, Manhattan, New York)
Rare and spectacular 4,000’ full floor condominium with 1,000’ of private terraces in the landmarked Cass Gilbert. With four exposures, this stunning 4 bedroom / 3.5 bath loft is mesmerizing by day and spectacular by night and offers panoramic views of iconic landmarks including the Empire State Building & Freedom Tower.
Step off two key locked elevators into a gracious foyer and enter into a dramatic 50’ elegant living/dining area that leads out to a lush terrace with jaw dropping views of the Empire State Building. Adjacent is a versatile library with access to the terrace that can convert easily to the perfect guest room. The chef’s kitchen, clad in Calacutta marble, with center island includes a pantry with abundant built-in storage. The corner breakfast room with custom cabinetry & wet bar has dazzling south & west exposures.
A dramatic gallery with slate accent wall leads to the impressive en suite master bedroom with a fully fitted dressing area in black walnut and panoramic southern views. Additionally, this loft is configured with two bedrooms, each with beautiful views and oversized closets. Other features include 11’ beamed ceilings, 22 oversized bronze finished windows, wide plank oak floors, architecturally designed millwork throughout, custom light fixtures and tremendous storage for a clutter-free environment.
Completing this XXX mint loft is an 80’ southern terrace that extends the entire width of the loft providing brilliant sunlight and extraordinary vistas.
Agricultural Terraces of the Incas via Amusing Planet
One of the most visually stunning Inca ruins is at Moray, an archaeological site in Peru approximately 50 km northwest of Cuzco and just west of the village of Maras. In a large bowl-like depression, is constructed a series of concentric terraces that looks like an ancient Greek amphitheater. The largest of these terraces are at the center – they are enormous in size, and descend to a depth of approximately 150 meter, leading to a circular bottom so well drained that it never completely floods, no matter how plentiful the rain.
The concentric terraces are split by multiple staircases that extend upward like spokes of a wheel and enable people to walk from the top to the bottom of the bowl. Six more terraces, in connected ellipses rather than perfect circles, surround the concentric heart of Moray, and eight terraced steps that cover only a fraction of the perimeter overlook the site. The purpose of these depressions is uncertain, but the most widely agreed theory is they used to serve as ‘agricultural research station’.