215 Chrystie Street

215 Chrystie is located in Bowery, the rapidly developing cultural and artistic district in the centre of Lower Manhattan, surrounded by a heterogeneous mix of buildings that vary greatly in age, use, architectural quality, size and proportion.

The hotel occupies most of the 28-story building at 215 Chrystie Street and has 367 rooms. Eleven luxury condos are located on the upper floors of the building.

The apartments are housed in a slender residential tower that stands on top of the hotel's more compact structure. In the dense sequence of hotel rooms, each room has a large window framed by columns and slabs. The structure of the building follows the grid of these room-high inclined window elements. This gives the façade a depth on the outside and frees the interior from free-standing columns. The structural skeleton of the building determines the architecture of the building. At the striking corner of the building on Chrystie Street, the two geometries of the inclined columns meet. This results in a sculptural corner support that becomes the optical anchor for the entire building.

In the residential tower, every second column is omitted. This also makes visible the statics of the upwardly decreasing structural forces. This construction maximizes the view and transparency in all residential floors and the two last floors of the hotel, both with adjoining large terraces. On all these floors, the windows are vertical and embedded in the concrete skeleton, making them less reflective and less visible.

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