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    Default The Willow Hotel - 120 West 57th Street - by Roman & Williams

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    More Details Trickling Out About 30-Story Roman & Williams Hotel

    "Hotshot design firm Roman & Williams (Ace, Standard, 211 Elizabeth, Gwyneth Paltrow) announced plans for a new 30-story Midtown hotel back in September 2010, sending one of their trademark sketches our way. We've been waiting to see more ever since, but little did we know that, just like in The X-Files, the truth is out there. A more colorful rendering of the 120 West 57th Street hotel is up on R&W's Facebook page, and the firm has posted two sketches of room interiors on its bloggy design portfolio."



    "The façade is defined by two muscular shoulders – made of iron-spot black brick – that define, frame and ground the building’s front elevation. Glazed black brick and metal windows – muntined to create the feeling of a beautiful lantern when lit from within – comprise the bulk of the façade."




    It's scheduled for completion in 2013. Considering their beautiful work on 211 Elizabeth, this should be a nice contrast to the march of McSams.

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    Crime against humanity!!!!

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    looks like it was designed by "Kaufman the 2nd" :/

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    This is oddly similar to the hotel directly across the street from it...


    From lofter...

    http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showth...?t=8112&page=8
    When the tear down of the building that was here happened.

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    So they teared down what for this likely POS?

    (when the only renderings they're showing are at night time and fuzzy gray ones, you know it will be bad.)

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    They tore down a very beautiful building. I'd like to sodomize these schmucks with an electrified, rusty crowbar. This was a crime.

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    The architects didn't tear it down.

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    I know. I was referring to the Mullahs/"developers". I used to live near here and always loved this building. In the meantime, there are empty lots at the Ritz Fur site and at 54-56 W 57th, and yet these grimy SCHMUCKS had to tear down this gem. I'm PISSED OFF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoldanTTLB View Post
    This is oddly similar to the hotel directly across the street from it...
    Both hotels will be on the same side of 57th, separated by the Director's Guild of America.

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    Wait, what? How is that even possible? I mean, ok, I now see what they're tearing down, but there's an empty lot exactly the same size across the street. How unfortunate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoldanTTLB View Post
    looks like it was designed by "Kaufman the 2nd" :/
    Quote Originally Posted by RoldanTTLB View Post
    This is oddly similar to the hotel directly across the street from it...
    God is in the details, you'll see. I'm a big fan of 211 Elizabeth. This is a higher-stakes project; let's hope the elegance and fun doesn't get value-engineered out of it.
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    This is a travesty. The "developers" should be "Guantanomoed".

    Last edited by londonlawyer; May 9th, 2011 at 08:00 AM.

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    Independent of how little I appreciate talk like that, this was a nice building, but not overwhelming or anything. It's clear the bottom few floors had already been, let's say, retouched. Unless anyone here knows of something of actual historic significance that happened here, this is not the first building I would have saved. I think if the new building, as mentioned above, managed to channel 211 Elizabeth, or even 456w19, then I think it could be pretty good.

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    ^ You can tell the cornices up top were stripped, too.

    New York does like to do that to itself.

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