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Radio Tower and Hotel, NYC
Nov 20, 2020
Radio Tower and Hotel
Location: 2420 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, USA
Radio Tower & Hotel reflects the diversity and vibrancy of the existing fabric and communities in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood. Located on Amsterdam Avenue between 180th and 181st Street, the 22-story mixed-use high-rise combines hotel, retail, and office functions. The brick-clad design takes the typical composition of a small block in the neighborhood, pulls it apart and then reassembles it into an asymmetrical stack of colorful boxes with openings and roof terraces.
Developer Youngwoo & Associates challenged MVRDV to design an innovative project that accommodates a large volume of program while fitting the surrounding context – a challenge that was solved through the project’s distinctive massing and colorful exterior.
The design of building draws inspiration from the diversity and vibrancy of the existing neighborhood, which is home to a mix of families, creative professionals, and institutions.
Each of the eight boxes are being finished in a different color ceramic brick to create carefully detailed and beautiful façades that draw hues from street-level storefronts up to the sky. Combined, the building’s external elements form a condensation of the characteristics unique to Washington Heights’ existing urban fabric.
Filling a local need for hotel space, the 212-room hotel will serve as an important hub for events hosted by the local communities and for those traveling to the New York Presbyterian Hospital and conferences hosted by the Yeshiva University and, both of which are located nearby.
“Our intention with Radio Tower & Hotel was to become a part of – to strengthen, even – the character of a neighborhood that is wonderful in its color, diversity, and atmosphere”, says MVRDV founding partner Winy Maas. “Now that the structure has reached its highest point, we start to see the ‘vertical village’ coming together, with the blocks of different sizes. Washington Heights is the fifth largest New York neighborhood with a population of 150,000 inhabitants, a mixed-use building like Radio Tower & Hotel is a first for this neighborhood.
Our building shows that new high-rise developments don’t have to overwhelm their surroundings and be disconnected from their neighborhoods. They can be a good neighbor, a friendly neighbor, instead. It makes for a colorful, welcoming sign on the thinnest part of Manhattan.”
Inside, Radio Tower & Hotel provides an answer to the area’s need for a diverse range of hotel rooms, workspaces, event spaces, and retail units. The event space located in the building’s blue volume will add a facility that did not previously exist in the neighborhood, offering the community a space to host weddings and other parties. The ground floor functions are positioned to support an active street level, and the hotel entry leads to a publicly-accessible ground-level courtyard, recognizing the importance of high-quality outdoor space in neighborhoods and communities.
The topping-out of the building offers a glimpse at the spectacular views it commands of lower Manhattan. Upon completion, several roof terraces will provide space for outdoor events and offer users – from hotel guests and office tenants to visitors making use of the event space – the chance to enjoy the views for themselves. Construction of the building started in November 2018, and completion is expected in 2021.
MVRDV is collaborating with executive architect Stonehill & Taylor and a team of experts including Workshop APD for interiors, Cosentini Associates for building systems, GACE for structural consultation, CANY Technical Services for façade engineering and Filament Hospitality.
Radio Tower & Hotel, NYC – Design Information
Location: 2420 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, USA
Year: 2017; Construction Groundbreaking November 2018; Anticipated Completion 2021
Client: Youngwoo & Associates
Program & Size: 235,000ft2 / 21,800m2 mixed-use hotel, offices, and event spaces
Principal-in-charge: Winy Maas
Partner: Frans de Witte
Design team: Fedor Bron, Mick van Gemert, Mark van den Ouden, Samuel Delgado, Ronald Kam, Fouad Addou, Daniele Zonta, Yassin Matni, Giuseppe Carosini and Giuseppe Campo Antico.
Visualizations: Antonio Luca Coco, Kirill Emelianov
Executive architect: Stonehill & Taylor Architects Interior design: WORKSHOP APD
Hotel Management: Filament Hospitality
Building Systems: Cosentini Associates
Structural Engineer: GACE consulting engineers dpc Façade Engineer: CANY Technical Services, LCC
Photography: Youngwoo & Associates
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