Following the latest evolution of developing ex-industrial regions into hip and trendy neighborhoods the owners of this 108 room hotel entrusted the architects from Grzywinski+Pons to turn the old building in the newly developed region of Queens, New York into one truly fashionable, unique and artistic space where the stay is an experience and discovery. The goal of the architects to achieve- through the fusion of industrial, row elements and cheerful and elegant additions- a space of unpretentious sophistication is realized in modest means. The lightness of the design expression is mixt with the artistry of elegant shapes and lines, experimental space arrangements and vital but ostentatious colors.
The rooms’ decor rely for its warm and welcoming ambiance on bespoke pieces of furniture, soft textures and wonderful views toward the island of Manhattan. The material palette is rich and includes well ageing elements and craft – predisposed details like hand scraped oak floors, painted pallet wood wainscoting, leather upholstering, cork and sisal, all entwined in delicate lines and shapes to supplement the elegant furnishing and bespoke fittings. In the main social areas the architects introduces untypical and fresh approach not only towards the design and the spatial arrangement but also to the typical functions of a hotel lobby and reception – only a large table serves staff and gest alike and the check-in process capitalizes on mobile technology. The informal spirit goes throughout the premise and reflects at the comfy café area and the cheeky library corner. Concrete slabs coexist with custom-made lattice ornaments; artistic lighting solutions complement the designers’ furniture, contemporary dynamic spirit entwines easily with urban artistry. Photographs: Floto + Warner