In 2008, Allied Works developed a proposal for a 19-story boutique hotel with Ian Schrager as a pilot project for a planned international chain. The 101,000 s.f. structure features 140 guest rooms, restaurant, banquet hall and recreational facilities including a rooftop pool and club. The site faces the Hudson River, adjacent to Pier 40 and Riverfront Park, on the formerly industrial western edge of Greenwich Village.
The design recalls earlier traditions of cast iron and terra cotta architecture in the city, and addresses the unique character and light quality of its west-facing, waterfront site. The simple tower form is enclosed by a layered structural frame that allows for shading, relief and interplay between interior and exterior space. Within, the free-plan allows for diverse room types and configurations. From the exterior, the tower’s form, proportion and material expression creates a new landmark on the lower Hudson, and subtly responds to the light, life and views along the river.