Gene Kaufman-Designed Hotels and Apartment Buildings Take Over New York City
- Oct 31, 2014
By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor
The third quarter of 2014 has been extremely productive for New York based architect Gene Kaufman. The ever-growing demand for hotels in the city—as seen in the traditional submarket of Midtown Manhattan, but also in Queens and Brooklyn, where the demand for new hotel rooms is also on the rise—resulted in 16 projects totaling more than 1,000,000 square feet of new construction underway between July 1 and October 1.
These projects designed by Gene Kaufman Architect (GKA) encompass 11 new hotels and five new residential buildings, according to an official release by the architecture firm. Located in Long Island City, Queens, Downtown Brooklyn, the recently created BAM Cultural District, and also in Manhattan, the Financial District, Tribeca and Midtown East and West, the 11 new hotels offer collectively more than 2,300 guest rooms.
During the three-month timeframe a new Aloft Hotel broke ground at 27-45 Jackson Avenue, followed by an Even-branded hotel located at 40 Nevins Street in the BAM Cultural District; two Hilton Garden Inns at 6 Water Street and 326 West 37th Street, respectively; the city’s first Tommie Hotel at 11 East 31st Street, as well as four, yet-to-be-named new hotels located at 100 Greenwich Street, 44 West 29th Street, 33 West 38th Street and 530 West 58th Street.
The GKA-designed housing projects that broke ground between July and October this year include two low-rise apartment buildings located at 56 North 9th Street and 774-776 Grand Street in Williamsburg, one residential building at 223-227 Grand Street on the Lower East Side, and two other apartment buildings in East Harlem, at 48 East 132nd Street and 51 East 131st Street.
The plethora of GKA-designed development projects continued in mid-October with the official groundbreaking of Hotel Indigo, a 24-story structure located at 8-12 Maiden Lane between Broadway and Liberty Place in the Financial District. According to the Commercial Observer, the 90,000-square-foot hotel is under construction on a parcel that was purchased by a syndication of local Chinese investors for $7.1 million in 2012. It will include 190 guest rooms, as well as a restaurant on the ground floor and a rooftop bar.
Less than two weeks after Hotel Indigo broke ground in FiDi, the world’s tallest Holiday Inn hotel officially opened in Lower Manhattan. Also designed by Gene Kaufman, who worked with Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects (GSKA) for the jewel-like multifaceted façade, the Holiday Inn includes 190 rooms and stands 50 stories above ground at 99 Washington Street, just three blocks south of the World Trade Center. Expected to play a critical role in completing the transformation of this iconic part of the city, the 176,600-square-foot hotel sits on a low-rise base that blends with the surrounding streetscape. Its tower, boasting a silver-clad façade that captures and reflects the light, features graduated setbacks that allow a large number of guest rooms to have dramatic views of the city, the harbor and the Hudson River.
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Renderings courtesy of Gene Kaufman Architect