美国,纽约,梦想商业区酒店/ Handel Architects

建筑师:Handel Architects - Frank Fusaro, AIA, Partner

地点:美国纽约

客户:Hampshire Hotels & Resorts+ Vikram Chatwal Hotels

占地面积:25,300 SF

总建筑面积:184,700 SF

竣工时间:2011

摄影:Bruce Damonte, Handel Architects, Edward Menashy , Adrian Wilson

梦想商业区酒店建筑面积18.4万平方英尺(约合17094平方米),是位于纽约切尔西附近的一家精品酒店。这座12层的建筑包含316间客房、两家餐馆、屋顶和贵宾休息室、户外游泳池、游泳池酒吧、健身房、活动空间以及底层零售空间。

梦想酒店所在位置是一个街角,面对着第16和17街,西面毗邻海事酒店。1964年,美国国家海事联合会委托新奥尔良建筑师Albert Ledner在第12和13街之间的第七大道为其设计一个新总部大楼。两年后,他在如今的梦想酒店所在地为总部设计了一座附楼。

几年后,Ledner先生又为这座附楼设计了一座翼楼,最终变身为海事酒店。20世纪70年代,海事联合会解体,在随后的几年里,联合会的几座大楼先后被出售,并转为各种用途。2006年,Handel Architects建筑师事务所受托将主要的附楼改造为梦想商业区酒店。

Ledner在1966年为美国国家海事联合会设计的附楼极具特色,这也是需要保护的重点。沿着17街而建的立面成倾斜角度,外表覆盖着小块的不锈钢板,采用了顺转砌合的方式,与Ledner设计的原联合会大楼外立面马赛克瓷砖类似。新楼立面上的窗户如同船只的舷窗,一种与原先大小相同,另一种为原来的一半大小,较之先前设计的布置严格的网格宽松,同时创造了一个排列有序而又充满活力的新立面。

立面白天能反射出蓝天白云和耀眼的日光,夜晚亦能反射皎洁的月光,当光线完全照射到立面上时,不锈钢表面如同破裂消失一般,而圆形窗户看起来如同气泡漂浮起来。面板在建筑拐角垂直折叠,继续倾斜的坡度,与北立面的窗户排布模式形成了鲜明的对比。

建筑面对第16街一侧的立面之前作为附楼时曾经一片空白,如今也被赋予了新的生命。外层为两层穿孔不锈钢板,外层模仿了面对第17街立面的开窗模式,而内层为传统的规则穿孔模式。最外侧有一层挡雨屏,上面有序排列着客房外的舷窗外形朱丽叶阳台,挡雨屏在地面层上方向上翻起,形成酒店入口的雨篷,向外展示着酒店的入口。

原先的体量不能让自然光线随意穿透。因此将建筑的中央地带留空,沿着新的客房窗户与阳台形成了新游泳池露台和躺椅休息处。玻璃底的泳池让酒店大堂的客人能通过水池看到外面的天空(反之亦然),使外界与建筑空间以一种空灵的方式连接。采光井镶在大堂、水池和较低楼层之间的柚木框架中,使空间富有流动性。

两百个手工吹制的玻璃球体飘浮在大堂上空,与旁边的The Marble Lane餐厅融为一体,这片神奇的“云彩”仿佛充满了整个空间。家居摆设是为公共空间与客房定制设计的,与室外设计互为呼应,使客人得以在酒店中继续体会这种无边无际的空间感。

Frank Fusaro,AIA,Handel Architects建筑师事务所合伙人,担任本项目的首席建筑师和室内设计师。


Architect: Handel Architects - Frank Fusaro, AIA, Partner

Location: New York City, USA

Client: Hampshire Hotels & Resorts+ Vikram Chatwal Hotels

Site area: 25,300 SF

Gross Floor area: 184,700 SF

Completion: 2011

Photographs: Bruce Damonte, Handel Architects, Edward Menashy , Adrian Wilson

Dream Downtown Hotel is a 184,000 SF boutique hotel in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. The 12-story building includes 316 guestrooms, two restaurants, rooftop and VIP lounges, outdoor pool and pool bar, a gym, event space, and ground floor retail.

Dream sits on a though-block site, fronting both 16th and 17th Streets, and is adjacent to the Maritime Hotel, which sits adjacent to the west. In 1964, the National Maritime Union of America commissioned New Orleans-based architect Albert Ledner to design a new headquarters for the Union, on Seventh Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets. Two years later, he designed an annex for the headquarters on the site where Dream currently sits.

A few years later, Mr. Ledner designed a flanking wing for the annex, which would eventually be converted to the Maritime Hotel. In the 1970s, the Union collapsed and the buildings were sold and used for various purposes in the years that followed. In 2006, Handel Architects was engaged to convert the main annex into the Dream Downtown Hotel.

The otherness of Ledner’s 1966 design for the National Maritime Annex was critical to preserve. Along the 17th Street exposure, the sloped façade was clad in stainless steel tiles, which were placed in a running bond pattern like the original mosaic tiles of Ledner’s Union building. New porthole windows were added, one of the same dimension as the original and one half the size, loosening the rigid grid of the previous design, while creating a new façade of controlled chaos and verve.

The tiles reflect the sky, sun, and moon, and when the light hits the façade perfectly, the stainless steel disintegrates and the circular windows appear to float like bubbles. The orthogonal panels fold at the corners, continuing the slope and generating a contrasting effect to the window pattern of the north façade.

The 16th Street side of the building, previously a blank façade when the building served as an annex, was given new life. The skin is constructed of two perforated stainless steel layers, its top sheet of holes a replication of the 17th Street punched-window design and the inner sheet a regular perforation pattern. The outer rain screen is punctured with porthole-shaped Juliet balconies for the guestrooms and peels up at the ground level to form the hotel canopy and reveal the hotel entrance.

The original through block building offered limited possibilities for natural light. Four floors were removed from the center of the building, which created a new pool terrace and beach along with new windows and balconies for guestrooms. The glass bottom pool allows guests in the lobby glimpses through the water to the outside (and vice versa) connecting the spaces in an ethereal way. Light wells framed in teak between the lobby, pool and lower level levels allow the space to flow.

Two hundred hand blown glass globes float through the lobby and congregate over The Marble Lane restaurant filling the space with a magical light cloud. Fixtures and furnishings were custom designed for the public spaces and guestrooms to complement the exterior design and to continue the limitless feeling of space throughout the guest experience.

Frank Fusaro, AIA, Partner at Handel Architects served as both lead architect and interior designer for the project.