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    Default Proposed 218 West 50th Street CitizenM Hotel

    CitizenM, the Dutch hotelier aiming for budget-minded travelers with an eye towards luxury, is building up at 218 West 50th Street, where 230 guest rooms will soon be welcoming some of the 50 gazillion visitors who come to town each year. The concept for the 19-story hotel is by Concrete, the Amsterdam firm that's put together a batch of hospitality sites for CitizenM in "target cities" worldwide. Concrete uses a modular system, "completely prefabricated in CitizenM's own production facility and subsequently transported to the building site, where they are assembled to create the hotel." What's rendered inside for the New York flagship near Times Square is a blend of bar and work-place lounge, perfect for cocktails and laptops with lots of room for communing with friends and fellow travelers.


    Outside, the design shows a dark grid in metal, brick and glass, with big open patches for signage in lights. Above it all will be a roof-top bar, perched 250 feet up in the midtown sky, topped by a crown emblazoned with a slight twist on a classic phrase. Local firm Montroy Anderson DeMarco is the executive architect on the project, and they call the plan "ultra clean and simple." Hmmmm. Maybe the crazy images from Concrete got tossed—or lost in translation. The money behind this stack of fun and games comes from Brack Capital, the folks who brought us the cantilevered James New York in Soho. There's still no word when work will start on the downtown outpost of CitizenM, long planned but still stalled at the intersection of Delancey and the Bowery. (Demolition on the site appears to be coming soon.) The midtown site hopes to have rooms ready for citizens of the world by April 2013.

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    I feel violated

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    That's pretty rough, but also par for the course in Times Square...

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    Yes, this 'look, is par for the course given the location - looks just fine to me. The interesting thing here is the project delivery and prefabrication aspect od this project: this is a very, very smart development package.

    Design Reform is well under way in the construction industry and We are seeing more and more of these type of design-build, IPD projects: It is long overdue - it is OK to do this. http://designreform.net/2011/06/dear...-ok-to-do-this

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    I'm sorry but this is rather hideous even for times square (which 50th st. is not a part of), making it even worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scumonkey View Post
    I'm sorry but this is rather hideous even for times square ........
    I have said all this before in these forums, and in a number of different way: but, this time I add some reference material to support my argugment.

    There is difference between 'art' and the 'visual arts' . A 'building' is a utilitarian object, and sometimes (given the right circumstances) a building can have a 'beautiful' appearance - I agree, this one is not particularly attractive.

    I make a distinction between the 'fine arts' and the 'applied arts' : and in so doing never could I find a 'building' - or a 'toaster' - to be "hideous". I have always found that sort of critical 'evaluation' of a building to be just 'wrong-headed'.

    In my frame of reference some buildings are plain/mediocre/building standard and others - given a confluence of fortuitous events - manage to be quite attractive.

    So, you either have better 'taste' than I do, or, we are operating from an entirely different frame-of-reference. To expand on my point a bit I will give you this link on the Fine Art/Applied Art distinction, here http://books.google.com/books?id=hIg...%20art&f=false

    I will not say to much more on the topic; but I hope the citation on the subject helps make my point clear.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=hIg...%20art&f=false

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    Gross. Do not want.

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    I make a distinction between the 'fine arts' and the 'applied arts' : and in so doing never could I find a 'building' - or a 'toaster' - to be "hideous". I have always found that sort of critical 'evaluation' of a building to be just 'wrong-headed'.
    agree to dissagree... imho the building is hideous.

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    Somebody put a building on their TV.

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    Its tough to say from the renderings. It may be better than it looks, and there certainly are worse hotels going up all over the city. I wish the rest of the block would be developed. I was thinking that the building with the Duane Reed may come down when old Duane opened another one just a 2 blocks North. I was hoping as a replacement. How many pharmacies do we need?

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    Were the renderings done in MS Paint?

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    Is it really going to say "I <3 CM" on the top? I dont think the city of NY is going to appreciate that infringement.

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    Now rising. Hopefully the porn store next door goes soon...

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    Set back from the streetwall ala McSams...of course.

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