Lower East Side Hotel / Office for Design and Architecture

Located in the Bowery, the Lower East Side Hotel designed by the Office for Design and Architecture will feature minimalistic interiors to allow the “guests to use their personal aesthetic as an impromptu installation”. By designing tempered and laminated interior cylinders for the shower, toilet and closet, and using stark colors teamed with expansive city views, the small rooms seem larger than their dimensions.

More about the hotel after the break.

The concept for entire building grew from the inside out as the architects’ primary concern was how to make a 10 foot 6 inch wide room feel larger than its tight confinement.  In such a small space, the “typical bathroom encasement” had to be re-thought, for the room just did not have the capacity to provide adequate space for a standard bathroom.

“With the skin of the bathroom removed, the guts of the fixtures were exposed and celebrated.  The guest could now experience the entire room from the door threshold,” explained the architects.

To make the rooms appear larger from the exterior, “an accordion perimeter wall was shaped from the interior…Careful study was given the amount of angle the façade could take at the building line before it would be considered floor area,” explained the architects.


Hotel/Restaurant Use

90,000 Square Feet

220 Guest rooms

Banquet hall

2 Restaurants

4,000SF plaza

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Cite: Karen Cilento. "Lower East Side Hotel / Office for Design and Architecture" 20 Aug 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/32740/lower-east-side-hotel-office-for-design-and-architecture> ISSN 0719-8884

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