Now that some hotel rooms are open and a bunch of characters are set to move in, the brand new Cassa Hotel & Residences on West 45th Street near Sixth Avenue must feel like it's on top of the world. But the tower is facing criticism from an unlikely source: Mexican starchitect Enrique Norten, whose TEN Arquitectos happened to design the building. Last week we had a peek at Cassa's newly revealed base, which looks a lot like the rest of the facade: white with rectangular windows. It's a uniform look, but that's now how things were supposed to turn out.
Norten complains to the Wall Street Journal that the bottom seven stories were supposed to have a glass skin covered by a stainless-steel screen. The screen is still on its way, but the glass is a goner, "a huge mistake" that Norten says he had nothing to do with and is the result of the developer's cost-cutting. Developer Solly Assa responds that money has nothing to do with the changes, it's an engineering thing. And if that's really the case and money is no object, we can't wait for Assa's next big residential project, working title: The Enrique Norten Can Go Screw Himself Lofts.
· When Rendering Doesn't Match Reality [WSJ]
· New Ivory Tower Introduces Itself to Midtown [Curbed]
· Cassa Hotel & Residences [Official Site]