Crowne Plaza HY36 Debuts in NY
Stonehill Taylor, Coben and K&CO team on hotel's design
New York’s garment district is now home to a new hotel. Located two blocks from the massive Hudson Yards development, the 251-key Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtown Manhattan was designed by a trio of firms: Stonehill Taylor, which was responsible for the 250-ft.-tall building’s architecture and space planning; Glen & Co.’s Glen Coben, who created the hotel’s guest rooms; and K&CO, which spearheaded the remainder of the project’s interiors.
Project participants say the hotel’s modern industrial architecture is inspired by the surrounding neighborhood’s centers of transportation, including Penn Station, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Lincoln Tunnel, and Grand Central Station. The façade is composed of corrugated metal and glass panels arranged in a rhythmic vertical configuration. The building’s nearly 70-ft.-wide glass marquee is supported without any beams, relying instead entirely on sailboat rigging wire and fittings for its support. These are arranged in a radial pattern, similar to the suspension cables of the Brooklyn Bridge.
The exterior of the Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtown Manhattan hotel. Photo: David Mitchell
At the base of the tower, the eight-story steel and glass atrium is supported by large galvanized steel trusses. Concrete columns run the height of the atrium and are accompanied by five 50-ft. tall light fixtures. The ceiling of the lobby is made of corrugated metal, echoing the design of the hotel’s exterior. The back wall of the atrium is composed of a series of angled panels positioned to cascade down, creating amenity spaces on the 4th and 6th floors above the lobby. The positioning of the panels facilitates light reflection and sound absorption throughout.
The ground floor houses The Great American restaurant, which has three entries: from the street, where three hangar doors open to the sidewalk; within the lobby; and to the rear of the hotel, which opens onto a business lounge and outside patio with a bar and retractable skylight roof. In the guest rooms, Stonehill Taylor expanded the space by incorporating floor-to-ceiling windows, which are set deeply into the façade.