Stainless Steel Cladding Transforms New York Hotel
Project: Dream Downtown Hotel
Location: New York City
Architects: Handel Architects
The location on which the Dream Downtown Hotel now sits was once the main annex of the National Maritime Union of America, designed by New-Orleans-based architect Albert Ledner in the 1960s. Ledner also designed the Union’s headquarters. Yet by the 1970s, when the Union collapsed, the buildings were sold and used for other purposes.
In 2006, while partially preserving Ledner’s design, Handel Architects converted the main annex into a lavish hotel. Amidst prime New York City real estate, the extravagant building fronts both 16th and 17th Streets. Named the Top Hospitality Project of 2012 by the Greater New York Construction User Council, the Dream Downtown Hotel features an ornately designed exterior that is meant to compliment Ledner’s original design.
To mimic the mosaic tiles used in Ledner’s Union building, the hotel’s sloped façade is clad in stainless steel tiles. The reflective qualities of the steel allow for the circular windows to appear the dominant attribute of the façade.
To compliment the 17th Street window design, the 16th Street facing façade features a double-skinned stainless steel perforated panel system.
Uniquely, Handel Architects was also responsible for the hotel’s interior design. An incredible feature of the lobby is the two hundred hand blown glass globes that hang from the ceiling. The interior, both modern and indulgent, serves as an extension of the building’s exceptional exterior design.
images © Bruce Damonte and Philip Ennis courtesy of Contemporist
information courtesy of © Handel Architects
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