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East 31st Street's Tommie Hotel Will Be Tall and Glassy

The Tommie Hotel, the newest of Commune Hotels' (the company created from a merger of Thompson Hotels and Joie de Vivre Hotel) projects, is supposed to be very modern, with "ergonomically designed" rooms, and digital checkin. And, someone must have reasoned at some point, what's more modern than a big, shiny glass tower? Hence, this design.

KSNY, one of the project's developers (Simon Development Group is cosponsoring, and the two "recapitalized the project with Geolo Capital (The investment arm of John Pritzker) through a discounted purchase of the original debt"), released a new rendering on their website that shows that the 37-story, 203-room Gwathmey Siegal Kaufman-designed building will indeed by very tall, very much made of glass, and very reflective of light. A previous rendering could be found on the site's construction fence, but this is higher quality and also the low angle makes it look appropriately looming. Although Commune's official site is still touting a 2015 opening date, the construction fence signage says that construction won't be finished until 2016, so that seems like it could be a bit of a conflict.
· Tommie Hotel [KSNY]
· Keep An Eye On These Anticipated Hotels Still In Progress [Curbed]