Neighbors and hotel watchers dubbed Chelsea's new Dream Downtown Hotel "The Cheesegrater" following its full reveal last month. So how does the building's architect, 40 Bond co-designer Frank Fusaro, feel about his building being compared to a kitchen implement when he was originally going for more of a maritime than a culinary feel? Totally okay, especially when the alternative is the building's original faux townhouse facade and pink stucco look. "I think cheese graters are beautiful," he tells the Journal. "I love kitchen appliances." Especially, we presume, $230 million kitchen appliances that people will pay good money to sleep in. So if the Dream's opening this spring goes well, what appliance should Fusaro use for inspiration on his next commission? We nominate the humble egg whisk.
· Developer Recaptures a Maritime Motif With Dream Downtown Hotel [WSJ]
· Dream Downtown Hotel coverage [Curbed]