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    Default Cooper Square Hotel - 25 Cooper Square - East Village - by Studio Carlos Zapata

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    Wednesday, February 14, 2007
    by ROK88

    Something big and strange is growing on the corner of The Bowery and 5th Street in the East Village. (No, not the Bowery Hotel; this is just north of that site.) In what appears to be a case of not-gonna-show-ya-nothin' design, the Peckmoss Group is developing a 23-story, 224 foot tall luxury hotel to be called The Cooper Square Hotel. Okay, pretty ordinary name. But there's a lot about this project that is, in many ways, anything but ordinary.

    First, the hotel tower will wrap around an old tenement building that's been on that site since before the days of the Bowery Boys. We linked that story last fall when the developer backed off and made the tenant a deal. Then they ran into some structural problems, but it seems that's been worked out too. Now they're in full construction mode.


    [The Cooper Square Hotel rises on The Bowery above the home of poet Hettie Jones]

    Concrete is growing by the yard around that little brick building. Columns go this way, reaching out toward the big blue Sculpture for Living across Cooper Square. Floor plates arc towards the sky and re-bar is growing like tentacles. The architects are the Studio Carlos Zapata and Perkins Eastman Architects. The Zapata group is known for some very dynamic and mind-blowing work (one could spend a good part of an afternoon playing around the Studio Zapata website). No ordinary square boxes there. One of Studio Zapata's latest projects is a 68-story glass tower complete with a heli-pad that will go up right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Really.


    [Studio Zapata's design for the Bitexco Horizon Tower in Ho Chi Minh City]

    So, what will Zapata do with this new tower at 25 Cooper Square? Renderings haven't been published and are seemingly impossible to find. And the guys at the Peckmoss Group are aren't giving anything away. But some sleuthy neighbors managed to come across an ethereal looking rendering on a contractor's website. They added some artwork, made copies and started posting those images around the neighborhood. Almost immediately one of the big guys found out and the rendering was pulled from cyberspace but pronto. So here's something of a sneak peak. (Actually it does look like a thumb. A ghost's thumb, all white and smokey and, well, bulbous. The Bowery Boys wouldn't know what to make of it.)


    [The "sore thumb" is posted on the site's construction fence]

    · Bowery Hotel Touts Fancy Pillows, Styrofoam! [Curbed]
    · Upper Bowery's Final Crack-Up [Curbed]
    · Work in Progress [Studio Carlos Zapata]

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    Wow, I'm shocked to see that design for this small hotel....I would have thought for sure it would be the typical set back Kaufman style we're used to. I hope it turns out great! Even if it doesn't, at least they tried something different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfenn1117 View Post
    I would have thought for sure it would be the typical set back Kaufman style we're used to.
    Isn't it sad that we've come to the point where Kaufman's style is now what we expect to see.

    I think it's called getting Kaufman-ized.

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    Bowery is coming along very nicely. Give it a little time and plenty more sore thumbs and it'll be quite chic (surprise!).

    What's the branch bank situation?

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    An update on this hotel from curbed ...

    Cooper Square Hotel Fully Revealed

    Thursday, February 15, 2007, by ROK88



    After we posted yesterday's sneak peak of the design for the new Cooper Square Hotel going up on The Bowery, an interested citizen sent us this super-secret rendering of the tower that's rising on that site. Er, wow. So that's what Studio Carlos Zapata seems to have in store for that edge of the East Village. Once Cooper Union's old Hewitt Building comes down across the street and Thomas Mayne's new Psychedelic Pleasure Palace goes up in its place, this stretch will be a veritable wall of bright shiny glass—a perfect match for the Avalon'd stretch of the Bowery several blocks south.


    [The Cooper Square Hotel plans an outdoor bar for this area along 5th Street]

    The developers of the hotel, the Peckmoss Group, originally told the neighbors that this area at the corner of 5th and The Bowery would be a lush garden spot. But it seems the plants might get in the way of the hotel's party plans. The latest word is that the area will get just a wee bit of greenery. But mainly it will be an outdoor lounge—cocktails and ambient music and all. There will be another outdoor bar just above on the second floor. And yet a third bar in the basement. All right outside the neighbors' windows.

    One consolation: with Studio Carlos Zapata in charge of the design all these spaces should be very nice to look at. We reported on another Zapata-designed (but still unbuilt) project a while back. It might give an indication of what's going up here. Below is what they proposed for a 26-story condo on 23rd Street just west of Fifth Avenue.




    [Studio Carlos Zapata's unbuilt plan for a condo development by Horizen Global]

    While we're at it let's take a look at some of the interiors that the Zapata gang has done around the world. One thing is for sure. These guys really do know how to play with space.


    [A Zapata design for a residence in Golden Beach, Florida]




    [Two views of a house in Quito, Ecuador]

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    Zapata is quickly becoming one of my new fave's.

    His architecture is a cross between Christian de Portzamparc and Zaha Hadid.

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    Very cool. Thanks for posting lofter. As for Hadid, I love her pizzazz!

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    I see a bit of Calatrava in their work as well.

    This one's almost like a mini Burj al-Arab in Dubai. Just beautiful.

    Just the very kind of stuff we need to counterbalance all the ugly Kaufmans going up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby View Post
    I see a bit of Calatrava in their work as well.
    Calatrava does things with much more rigor: his forms emerge mostly from mathematics, not movements of the hand.

    A semblance of inevitability, not impulse.

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    Super-luxe hotel is being erected on Cooper Square


    A rendering of the completed 23-story hotel.

    The Villager
    By Lincoln Anderson
    Volume 76, Number 41
    March 7 - 13, 2007

    A hotel under construction on the East Village’s edge will embody a new concept of “Downtown Luxury,” according to its developers.

    At 23 stories, with 146 rooms, but no name yet, it’s rising at 25-33 Cooper Square at E. Fifth St. The opening is slated for early next year. Peck Moss Hotel Group, led by Gregory Peck, 32, and Matthew Moss, 33, are the developers.

    Peck — no relation to the late movie actor of the same name, he assured — said the hotel will feature the most luxurious service and amenities.

    “The concept we have for the hotel is something we call ‘Downtown Luxury’ — to design something Downtown, but with a very high level of service reminiscent of the grande dame hotels of Europe,” he said. “We hope it doesn’t come off as trendy, but timeless and mature.”

    Peck said the location is a big plus.

    “It’s sort of a convergence of several Downtown neighborhoods — Soho, the East Village, Union Square,” he said. “And we’re really excited about what’s going on on the Bowery — it’s going to make it a really vibrant area.

    “The hotel’s views are really going to be spectacular,” he added. “There’s not a lot that’s really tall around it.”

    Some bloggers on real estate Web sites, however, have mocked the hotel’s white arcing shape, dubbing it “the shark fin,” others even calling it blatantly phallic. But Peck said he and Moss are high on the hotel’s design, which was done by Carlos Zapata.

    “Everyone has their opinions,” Peck dismissed. “We think it’s going to be beautiful and a great part of the skyline.

    “Our view is if we were building something new, it should be new,” he continued. “I think people will like it — it’s just very sleek. It’s a glass facade, but it will read white: It has fritting,” he said, referring to the specially treated glass.

    Rates are projected at $350 to $400 a night, typical for high-end hotels and significantly higher than the city’s $200 average hotel room rate.

    The hotel will also have a 2,000-square-foot live-music venue featuring “eclectic music,” a screening room with 30 or 40 seats, “a destination restaurant” and “a couple of bars,” Peck said. There will be a 3,000-square-foot rooftop event space, half enclosed and half open.

    The hotel’s clientele likely will be “a lot of fashion- and entertainment-type people,” he said.

    Although some neighbors feared the entrance was being planned for Fifth St., Peck said this was never the case.

    “The entrance is on Cooper Square — and it always was. And the side entrance is on Fifth St.,” he said. “I think people were afraid there would be deliveries and people coming in on Fifth St.,” he noted.

    The project is being built around an existing tenement building, in which two residential tenants declined buyout offers.

    “They wanted to stay there and we had no problem with that,” Peck said. The developers purchased the tenement’s air rights, though, allowing them to increase the project’s height.

    “It’s all right, because it’s sort of juxtaposing the old and the new,” Peck said of the tenement holdouts. The artist tenants, Hettie Jones — poet Amiri Baraka’s ex-wife — and Kate Abel, occupy the old building’s third and fourth floors. The hotel will use the tenement’s second floor for administrative offices and the ground floor for a library with a fireplace for hotel guests. On Fifth St., to the south of the tenement, will be a street-level garden for the hotel.

    When Peck spoke on Feb. 19, the hotel’s steel frame already had been erected to the seventh floor. He said the workers will put up a new floor every two to three workdays and “top out” the building’s frame by this month’s end.

    In the industry, the thinking is that the city can use more hotel rooms, Peck said.

    “The total number of hotel rooms is about 71,000,” he said. “The city’s been operating at close to 90 percent [hotel room] occupancy for the last two years and there’s no sign of that slowing down. Tourism is at an all-time high. It dipped for a couple of years after 2001, but now we’re back at historical highs.”


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    ^ Background building with exposed floor plates in second shot: Kaufmanesque?

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    That ^^^ is housing for seniors that went up in the 80s and is truly one of the most banal and lifeless buildings around. Soon it will be set amidst some amazing architecture.

    DOB shows that this site (200-208 East 5th Street aka 1-19 Cooper Square aka 49-55 East 4th Street) had been a parking lot since at least the mid-1950s.

    From the "Cooper Square Committee" website:
    The Cooper Square Committee supported development of senior citizen housing on 5th Street and the Bowery. It was developed in 1985 by a private builder and is now managed by the Jewish Association of Services for the Aged (JASA). CSC works closely with JASA to ensure that it be a racially-integrated building.

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    Is it taking shape or not?

    You decide for yourself...




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    The top floors are starting to bend towards the top....in the large photo you can also see notches travel the height of the tower on an angle. The glass will make it easier to see. Infinitely better than a Kaufman.

    I wonder if the glass will be fritted.

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