On West 54th: Three Hotels, One Office Tower, One Rat, Plenty Of Glass!

Foreground: 1717 Broadway, Background: 250 West 55th

Rat stares down future Hilton at 237 West 54th

250 W 55th from SW

250 W 55th from SE
I'm pretty sure that you can't find a busier city block than 54th Street between Broadway and Eighth Ave. Currently there are Three large construction projects happening simultaneously.

On the corner of 54th and Broadway you have a 68 story Marriott "twin hotel" rising. They are co-joined twins as above the retail and lobby a Courtyard Inn will occupy floors 7-31, and a Residence Inn will rise from the 32nd floor and up. The architect is Nobutaka Ashihara and the final product due for completion in late 2013 will measure up 35 feet short of the tallest hotel in the city (Mandarin Oriental).

Next door, cue the rat, a 34 story Hilton Hotel, is just getting off the ground. The architect is Gene Kaufman and Joe Moinian is reported to have a minority interest in the project.

Finally, the project I like most on the block, an office tower by SOM, which according to their website "borrows from SOM's classic design of the Lever House and Chase Bank Building." They go on to say that the "changing sky conditions and the surrounding Manhattan context interact with the buildings exterior skin resulting in an ever-changing visual phenomena." Now that may sound like a bunch of babble, but it's true. From my initial approach it appeared that there was aluminum sheeting on the south side, but as I got closer it was clearly glass. Also, at one angle the glass looks dull in appearance and at another it appears mirrored. I know it is a box, and it is an office building, but this one looks pretty sharp.

Renderings and linkage after the jump......

...and if this actually works, it is the first time I've managed a page jump!

250 West 55th Rendering, courtesy SOM

Sad rendering of 237 W 55th, Grifted from Curbed.com

1717 Broadway Rendering Courtesy Nobutaka Ashihara

Hot darn, that might have actually worked! Here are the relative links:
Curbed Files: 1717 Broadway (Curbed.com)
Two In One West 54th Marriot To Have Earthbound Feeling (The Real Deal)
What The Newest Gene Kaufman Hotel Will Look Like (Curbed.com)
Joe Moinian's Mystery On 54th Street (Chaban/Observer)
Midtown Masterpiece: SOM & Boston Properties Tower Unveiled (NY Post)
Offices With More Breathing Room (NY Times)


  1. Actually, the new 1717 Broadway (Marriott Hotel) will be the tallest hotel in NYC.

    It will be 753 ft. tall, three ft. taller than the Mandarin Oriental.

    Unless the new Park Hyatt on 57th opens first. That will be much taller than either project. There are numerous other hotel projects in development that will also be significantly taller.

  2. nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

  3. I like most on the block, an office tower by SOM, which according to their website "borrows from SOM's classic design of the Lever House and Chase Bank Building.


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