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    Not unlike the original guests.

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    Chelsea's Big Cheese Shows Another Side

    October 15, 2010, by Pete Davies







    The Dream Downtown Hotel, recently dubbed "The Cheesegrater" following the reveal of its big sloping facade in hole-y stainless steel rising over West 17th Street, is now showing off a new south face. What's seen along West 16th Street is less Swiss-ish and maybe more Moroccan, with a scrim of perforated stainless steel punched with honking big holes. All regularly spaced, as opposed to the more random pattern on the north facade, the holes here enclose balconies fronted by nearly invisible glass balustrades. In the dream world it's often claimed that holes symbolize an entry point into the great "unknown," and given the really long construction period for this project, that unknown is fitting.

    The Dream Downtown website, much like the hotel itself, is still under construction and reveals little about what the hotel will offer, design-wise. And their Facebook page yields nothing new. The opening is still slated for sometime in the Spring of 2011, so the Dream crew will have plenty of time to plug the holes and get this place ready for cheese lovers of all sorts. Meanwhile, dive into those holes and dream on.

    Dream Downtown Hotel coverage [Curbed]
    New Meatpacking District Hotel Cuts the Cheese [Curbed]
    Photo Gallery [Dream Downtown website]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/1...other_side.php

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    Does anyone know the architect that designed the hotel, besides ledner in 1966. I know that some architect were hired by the partners who complied it with the building codes (circles on the facade) but do anyone know their names or firm ?

    Please let me know.

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    Architect for the Dream Downtown is Frank Fusaro / Handel Architects. But the project doesn't seem to be on the HA website.

    I can't find any references, despite a lot of articles on The Maritime, about which architect was in charge of the re-make of Ledner's Joseph Curran Annex, but it's stated here that the "club and restaurant impresarios" Sean K. MacPherson and Eric Goode came up with the design.

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    Facade streaking mars this building; it's a result of rainwater draining concentratedly from the low point of the circular windows. Hard to figure out a fix.

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    Hmmm. Swissotel now.

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    Suggestion to mods: rename this thread to include new name?

    Not sure if I'd feel comfortable sitting underneath it .


    Dream Downtown Pool Lounge Preps For June Opening

    June 2, 2011, by Scott Solish









    Opening in the next few weeks is the Dream Downtown Hotel, the Chatwal family's latest project for their flagship hotel brand. While everyone already knows about Romera New York, the hotel's restaurant that will feature a $245 prixe fixe menu helmed by Dr. Miguel Sánchez Romera, it's now time to start peeling back the curtain on some of the nightlife spaces that are being operated by Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss's Strategic Group and will be ready when the hotel starts to welcome its first paying guests around June 20th. First up is the pool lounge, which is situated on the lobby roof in between the hotel's two towers on 16th and 17th Streets, and not on top of the towers as was previously reported. The pool will be for the hotel's guests during the afternoon, and will transition into a lounge at 5:30 PM that will be open to the public.

    The pool area will have its own bar and its own check in area in the lobby for customers to keep them separate from the hotel's overnight guests. Expect this to operate much more like a Las Vegas style pool lounge than a more haphazard operation like the Gansevoort's pool a few blocks away. Meanwhile, you can also get from the lobby to the pool by the pretty staircase seen above, or if you don't feel like heading up there but want to check out the action, feel free to head to the lobby bar and look up, because you can see through the lobby ceiling into the pool.

    While the area immediately surrounding the pool is standard deck, the eastern area of the pool will be filled with sand to create a mini beach. Some of the second floor hotel rooms will also have direct access to the pool, something that may prove problematic if a party goer wants to escape from the sun by crashing in your hotel room. Anyway, that's not our problem.
    This is just one of the projects that Strategic has planned for the Dream Downtown, although a rep said the others, including the roof lounge that apparentlyfeatures a view to rival the Boom Boom Room, are not quite ready for visitors. They better finish up soon, because the guests will be showing up any minute.

    Strategic Group Dreams Big On Dream Downtown's Roof [~ENY~]

    http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/06...wntown-hotel-7

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    The “Dream” Hotel with Portholes Galore

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    Dream Downtown Hotel by Handel Architects; All photos courtesy of the architects.

    Who doesn’t like portholes? Handel Architect‘s Dream Downtown Hotel is chock full of them. The 184,000 square-foot boutique hotel is dominated by its perforated exterior, a giant tableaux of monumental circular cutouts that’s both sleek and entirely endearing. Located in Chelsea near the Hudson River, the 12-story structure looks like it’s bound for the water, its nautical stainless steel shell, large massing, and angled profile are at odds with the rest of the neighborhood.





    The porthole motif running throughout the design was a riff off of what remains of architect Albert Ledner’s National Maritime Union of America building, which first introduced the “otherness” of the “punched-out window” facade to the neighborhood in 1966. Handel architects revamped Ledner’s scheme, replicating its bubble-like windows at different sizes and applying them to the interiors, coverings, and finishes, thus multiplying the original’s idiosyncrasies. In so doing, the scale of the building is reconciled with that of its surroundings while creating a consummate aesthetic that’s immediately identifiable.













    http://www.architizer.com/en_us/blog...tholes-galore/

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    The way the grime accumulates and dribbles down that slanted wall of stainless steel above West 17th is already apparent, just one year after opening.

    Portholes or Pockmarks?

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    I really like how this came out. Might not look as good close up.


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