Dream Downtown Hotel, Chelsea Boutique Hotel, New York

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Dream Downtown Hotel, Chelsea, New York

New Manhattan Hotel: NYC Accommodation Building, NY, USA – design by Handel Architects

3 Jul 2016

Dream Downtown Hotel Chelsea

Dream Downtown Hotel Chelsea Building

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Dream Downtown Hotel, Chelsea

Dream Downtown Hotel, Chelsea

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3 May 2012

Dream Downtown Hotel New York City

Design: Handel Architects

Boutique hotel in Chelsea

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. Handel Architects served as both architect and interior designer for the project.

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Dream Downtown Hotel – Building Information

Project Title: Dream Downtown Hotel
Client: Hampshire Hotels & Resorts+ Vikram Chatwal Hotels
Architect: Frank Fusaro, AIA, Partner, Handel Architects
Site area: 25,300 SF
Gross Floor area: 184,700 SF
Location: New York City
Status: Completed
Project start date: Jul 2006
Cost: Confidential
Collaborators: Handel Architects served as both architect and interior designer for the project

Address: 346 W 17th Street, NY, NY 10011

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