Herzog & de Meuron
Project
2000-2001
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Process

The site, used as a parking lot, is located in the very center of Manhattan.

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For the new hotel experience requested by the client, Herzog & de Meuron and OMA proposed several combinations and arrangements of single towers.

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In the initial design, the architects proposed waterscaping the public area.

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The towers are bundled to form a compact volume reminiscent of a rock formation.

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The metaphor of eroded natural stone amid the stone desert of the built environment continues in the cavelike designs of the rooms and the irregular window apertures.

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1:1 plywood mock-up of a room erected near Basel.

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The windows, eleven variations on the typology of a circle, are positioned at different heights depending on the use of the room.

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The ground and lower floors are public spaces with 260 hotel rooms on the levels above.

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Drawings

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Team

Facts

In Collaboration With
Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland and Rem Koolhaas/OMA, Rotterdam, Netherlands OMA Project Team: Partners: Rem Koolhaas, Dan Wood Project Manager: David Moore Project Team: Hans Focketyn, Alain Fouraux, Stan Vandriessche, Fenna Haakma Wagenaar
Client
Ian Schrager Hotels, New York, New York, USA
Planning
This project was developed in collaboration with an architect licensed in the state of New York acting as the "Architect of Record". Herzog & de Meuron is not licensed to practice architecture in the state of New York.
Lead Design Architect: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland; OMA, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Associate Architect: Architecture Research Office LLP, New York, USA
Associate Architect Early Phase: HLW, New York, USA
Structural Engineering: LERA, New York, USA
Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald Inc, New York, USA
MEP Engineering: Arup, New York, USA
Specialist / Consulting
Facade Consulting: Israel Berger & Associates Inc, New York, USA
Facade Consulting: Emmer Pfenninger Partner AG, Münchenstein, Switzerland
Building Data
Site Area: 17'921 sqft, 1'665 sqm

Bibliography

Gerhard Mack, Herzog & de Meuron: “Herzog & de Meuron 1997-2001. The Complete Works. Volume 4.” Edited by: Gerhard Mack. Basel / Boston / Berlin, Birkhäuser, 2008. Vol. No. 4.

Nobuyuki Yoshida (Ed.): “Architecture and Urbanism. Herzog & de Meuron 2002-2006.” Tokyo, A+U Publishing Co., Ltd., 08.2006.

“Hotel Astor Place.” In: Fernando Marquez, Cecilia and Richard Levene (Eds.). “El Croquis. Oma Rem Koolhaas 1996/2006. Delirio y más. Delirious and more.” Vol. No. 131/132, Madrid, El Croquis Editorial, 2006. pp. 204 – 211.

“Cruce de Caminos. Hotel Astor Place, Manhattan.” In: Luis Fernández-Galiano (Ed.). “Arquitectura Viva. Corazón de Neón. Americanos y Europeos reinventan Nueva York.” Vol. No. 76, Madrid, Arquitectura Viva SL, 01.2001. pp. 60-61