Gallery: PHOTOS: 5 NYC Fantasy Lofts, Triplexes and Townhouses from Dwe...

Controlled voyeurism took over New York City this past weekend as Dwell and New York Magazine hosted the very first City Modern Home Tours and opened up some of the Big Apple's most opulent homes up to curious cats like us. Oohs and ahhs abounded as visitors padded around hard-wooded corners in their blue sanitary booties (hey, you wouldn't want hundreds of people scuffing up your floors either, would you?) and admired fantasy features like seemingly endless walls of built-in storage, an indoor koi pond, a green-walled living room, giant windows and more terraces than we could count. We were also pleasantly surprised to learn that most of these dream homes also boast sustainable features like low-e windows, planted facades, solar shading, double windows, vintage and reclaimed materials and more. Step into our gallery to take your own little tour through these truly spectacular and inspiring Manhattan lofts, triplexes and townhouses.

The Union Square Duplex

Kate and Daniel Wadia wanted their double-level Fifth Avenue apartment to look like a “little house in the sky” and after stepping into the light-as-air duplex, we congratulate them for accomplishing their goal. Joseph Tanney and Robert Lutz of Resolution: 4 Architecture helped the homeowners achieve their vision of an open space in many different shades of white, and the final result is surprisingly functional (you’d never know by looking at these pristine pics, but the Wadias have two small children!). In addition to being gorgeous, the home also features glazed windows, an energy-efficient HVAC system and the architects made use of the pre-existing floors.

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