From left to right: Photo by Michel Arnaud, courtesy of Paramount Hotel; Photo by Adrien Gaut, courtesy of citizenM; Photo by Chris Villano, courtesy of Hyatt Times Square.
Accommodating Design: Times Square Hotel Tour
May 10, 2014; 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Meet at citizenM New York Times Square, 218 West 50th Street
Explore how three recently revamped and ground up Times Square hotels are employing high-end art and innovative design to heighten guest experience on this guided tour. We take you into guest rooms, rooftop bars and sumptuous public rooms. Starting at citizenM New York, hotel partner Noreen Chadha leads participants through this modern European boutique hotel’s approach to integrating design and art into every aspect of the hotel. At Paramount Hotel, Meyer Davis Studio shares about the historic hotel’s renovation history from Philippe Starck’s redesign to the imagination of the entire hotel from the guest rooms to the lobby to the event space. The tour ends at Hyatt Times Square with architect Peter Pelsinski of SPAN Architecture, discussing how the firm mined New York both thematically and literally for local designers, fabricators and materials for this international hotel chain to create a distinctive NYC space. Tour is free but a reservation is required. Limited to 40 participants.
Accommodating Design: Times Square Hotel Tour. Presented in partnership with openhousenewyork. citizenM New York Times Square. Photograph by Sara Kerens for @TSqArts
Accommodating Design: Times Square Hotel Tour. Presented in partnership with openhousenewyork. Paramount Hotel. Photograph by Sara Kerens for @TSqArts
Accommodating Design: Times Square Hotel Tour. Presented in partnership with openhousenewyork. Hyatt Times Square. Photograph by Sara Kerens for @TSqArts
About the tour guides
Noreen Chadha is a partner in citizenM hotels and represents the brand in the US. Having studied contemporary art at Sotheby's Institute, she worked closely with citizenM's art curator and commissioned artists to finalize the collection in Times Square. Besides art, she has also been involved in numerous details surrounding the hotel, from the music choices and the food and beverage assortment, to the shoes that the ambassadors wear.
Principal Peter Pelsinski, RA LEED AP BD+C is the recipient of the prestigious Architectural League of New York’s Young Architects Award as well as the American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University where he was the recipient of the Susannah Underwood Scholarship, the Pella Thesis Prize for outstanding design, and was a finalist for the SOM Traveling Fellowship. Prior to practicing with Karen Stonely as SPA from 1995 through 1998, he was a founding member of the award-winning collaborative Op’s (now LTL) leading multiple competitions and exhibitions, such as “The Pull of Beauty” with curator Kiki Smith, and “Slipped Space” curated by Mark Wigley at the Storefront for Art and Architecture. Both were awarded “Best of Category - Environments” in ID Magazine’s awards issues of 1996 and 1994 respectively. He is the designer of the award-winning public art installation, “Metroscopes”, permanently installed throughout the UM - St. Louis Metrolink light rail system. He was one of four members of the Student Leadership Team to formulate initial budgets and curriculum at the Spruce Street School from 2009-12 and is a chair of the “Friends Committee” for the Design Trust for Public Space. He taught at the NJ Institute of Technology School of Architecture, currently teaches at Princeton University, and participates on many architectural juries and reviews, most recently the AIA DC Un-built Awards and Brooklyn Builds Design Awards.
Meyer Davis Studio
Meyer Davis is a New York City‐based design boutique founded in 1999 by Will Meyer and Gray Davis. The award‐winning studio specialises in residential, hospitality, retail and workplace environments. The studio combines the principles of great design with a clear vision for the experience they seek to create, considering each new project as an opportunity to bring a unique and powerful story to life. By playing with space, form, texture, materials and light, a visual experience is developed with the intention to compel, provoke and inspire. The duo believes that great design works on multiple levels, weaving together bold design moves and striking details to ensure that when completed, each project makes an immediate and lasting impact. Not ones to chase trends, the designers are known to take creative risks. Meyer Davis enjoy seeking new and unexpected solutions to stimulate the senses and have valued lasting impact over flash since the day they first started. Both believe in the power of restraint, and their work has gone on to prove that intelligent subtraction often yields the greatest results. Meyer Davis Studio is interested in ideas, not ownership. The designers and their team are always on the lookout for new sources of inspiration and consistently adjust their learning curve to perpetuate growth and evolution. http://www.meyerdavis.com
Through its year-round programs and the Annual OHNY Weekend, openhousenewyork provides broad audiences with unparalleled access to the extraordinary architecture of New York City. OHNY celebrates the best examples of design and planning throughout the five boroughs, from historic to contemporary, and helps catalyze a conversation about the city's future to sustain New York as a vibrant place to live, work, and learn. www.ohny.org/
About citizenM New York Times Square
Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan near Times Square, citizenM New York is the first US property in an expanding global collection, which currently includes five hotels throughout the Netherlands and UK. Headquartered in Amsterdam, citizenM has revolutionized the hospitality experience for today’s modern mobile traveler with its offbeat sensibility and emphasis on affordable luxury, technology and style. The 230-room New York property offers innovative amenities, including self check-in, completely customizable guest rooms via touchscreen MoodPads, communal workspace and Apple iMac stations, a design partnership with renowned Swiss furniture brand Vitra, an outpost of Amsterdam’s leading creative bookstore MENDO, several outdoor spaces including a rooftop bar with panoramic views, and canteenM – a 24 hour grab & go-style cafeteria featuring an open kitchen with a full-service cocktail & coffee bar. The hotel lobby acts as a central hub for guests with an oversized living room design, soaring 26-foot ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves showcasing an eclectic mix of art and objects from around the world. Like its sister properties, citizenM New York is home to a stunning collection of contemporary art and photography, including two commissioned pieces – a Julian Opie lobby installation and a Jen Liu exterior piece wrapping around the façade of the building — as well as works by Andy Warhol, Daido Moriyama and David LaChapelle. http://www.citizenm.com
About The Paramount Hotel
The Paramount Hotel is one of few hotels designed by the prolific theater architect Thomas W. Lamb. This historic landmark unveiled a two year 50 plus million dollar re-imagination project with the reopening of Billy Rose’s Diamond Horseshoe, following a 61-year hiatus, innovative retail space, contemporary event spaces, a two-story lobby, 597 newly reinvigorated guest rooms and suites, Paramount News, a stylishly curated store offering design-focused souvenirs, daily newspapers and travel essentials, Paramount Fit, a state-of-the-art fitness center available 24 hours a day, Paramount Bar & Grill and Corso Italian coffee bar. Located on 46th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue, the Paramount Hotel is settled into the middle of the Theater district and just steps away from Times Square, Broadway shows, Restaurant Row and much more. Perfectly suited for the sophisticated 21st century traveler, the Paramount offers spectacular details in design and amenities while still paying homage to its 1928 origins by celebrating its living room style, lavish over-scaled dramatic elements, DJ spinning on the balcony and an epic fireplace wall resembling a modern-day room with a vibe meant for socializing. The Paramount has become the epicenter of all things sophisticated and cool in Times Square. www.nycparamount.com
About Hyatt Times Square
Opened in December 2013, the 487-room Hyatt Times Square New York at 135 West 45th Street offers a prime location in the heart of the Theater District, just steps from Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall and the Sixth Avenue business district. The chic 54-story hotel reflects the excitement of its neighborhood and surroundings. Spacious George Wong-designed rooms, averaging 364 square feet, feel like luxury private apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows and an eclectic collection of city-themed pop, minimalist and conceptual artwork. Guests may also enjoy the hotel’s state-of-the-art, StayFit fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows. The 4,200 square foot Timeless, a Marilyn Monroe™ Spa, is the only full-service hotel spa in the area and provides manicure and pedicure stations, signature massages and couples treatment rooms. Dining options include T-45 Diner, a George Wong-designed eclectic diner which offers a creative approach to classic diner food, and Bar 54, the city’s highest rooftop lounge with river-to-river views, outdoor fireplaces and Julie Reiner designed specialty cocktails. The 2,000 square foot meeting center provides three adjacent rooms, each with a terrace and natural light, as well as state-of-the-art audiovisual facilities. For more information and reservations please go to timessquare.hyatt.com.
SPAN Architecture brings together a diverse array of experiences and interests as practitioners, teachers, artists and theorists. Karen Stonely, Peter Pelsinski and Jean-Gabriel Neukomm are registered architects and began collaboration in 1998. Their award-winning work combines thoughtful and inventive conceptual design with technological innovation and creative material application. Above all else, SPAN shares a deep appreciation and reverence for architecture that guides their pursuit of creating superlative work. www.span-ny.com