The 34-unit Acqua is the first project designed by Mr. ViĂ±oly in his home country. Mr. ViĂ±oly is the architect behind Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn ChildrenÂ’s Museum and the Tokyo International Forum.
The tiered, glass-walled Acqua, which is in its final stages of construction, is about 50 percent sold, according to Flor Vrljicak, a spokeswoman for the project. Eighty percent of the buyers are from Europe, she says. Prices start at $980,000 (743,000 euro).
The recently sold four-bedroom penthouse covers 18,500 square feet (about 1,719 square meters), with an 800-square-foot (74-square-meter) master suite and ocean views on three sides. It also includes a private swimming pool, home theater, wine cellar and servant quarters.
Ms. Vrljicak declined to offer any details about the Swiss buyer, other than to say the penthouse was purchased as a second home.
Punta del Este, often referred to as the Riviera of Uruguay, is a high-end resort city popular with jet setters from Argentina and Europe.