Following this morning's reveal of starchitect Enrique Norten's residential plans for Brooklyn, we now bring you—more Enrique! Live from West Chelsea, it's the Habita Hotel, now rebranded the Hi Line Hotel. The place will feature 56 rooms and a design that, per PR materials, "respects both the visual palette and the height of its surroundings while bringing a subtle architectural pop to the neighborhood." That's obviously a lie, but who cares?
We're talking a metal mesh facade and the requisite exterior glass elevator "which rises in a slender glass column from a brasserie and bar lounge at ground level to a roof deck, replete with a pool, bar, and garden terrace, which alleviate the surrounding concrete jungle with reflective surfaces, water, greenery, and views of the cityscape."
The hotel, rising on the site of an old auto-body shop for completion next year, is next door to the offices of architecture firm FLAnk; goodness, remember when West 27th Street was safe for nightclubs?
· TEN Arquitectos [ten-arquitectos.com]
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