Hotel Americano / TEN Arquitectos

© Paul Clemence

Slated to open at the end of this month Hotel Americano, designed by of TEN Arquitectos, is the latest building to be added to the Chelsea area. The first project for Mexican boutique brand Grupo Habita in the city, the hotel’s roof top provides a clear view to the newest section (part two) of the impressive High Line. Easily distinguishing itself from its neighbors, the exterior of the 56 room hotel is covered uniquely with yards of chain mail.

Architects: Ten Arquitectos
Location: City, , USA
Photographs: Paul Clemence


Between the city and market limitations imposed in any design, the Mexican born Norten found a creative way to deal with the buildings mass, enclosing the traditional glass box behind a metal mesh curtain that creates an alluring play between in and out, seducing but not showing all, like sexy silk stockings.

© Paul Clemence
Floor Plan

The hotel will bring another “starchitect” attraction to the Chelsea area, joining the likes of Shigeru Ban, Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Diller Scifidio + Renfro and Neil Denari.

© Paul Clemence

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Cite: "Hotel Americano / TEN Arquitectos" 11 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • alejandro

    hotel= rooms, amenities, bars, restautants. what happens inside? Don´t plan to stay in the facade

    • ariana roberts

      it’s not open yet, i think that’s why

    • i2h

      yes…have a bit of patience. they’re not quite done outfitting the place yet, though the ground floor bar/restaurant (?) is being kitted out currently. sadly, one section of the chain mail facade has a nasty stain running down one side. fairly unsightly.

    • John-David Carling

      LOL … that made my day.

  • John-David Carling

    hotel= rooms, amenities, bars, restautants. what happens inside? Don´t plan to stay in the facade

    that comment

  • fredaardvark

    Building to the right in the first slide has more character.
    (Charreau derivative)
    Corb said it:
    All things being otherwise equal,
    unthought native stuff usually
    works best.
    This thing is trying WAY too hard.