Rising thirty stories above Central Park, the newest Viceroy Hotel on 57th Street has opened its doors after a long anticipated wait. The highly acclaimed husband-wife team of Roman and Williams designed the sleek black tower from the ground-up, with the aim of breaking away from the architectural prototypes that dominate midtown Manhattan and creating a “downtown feel.”
Boasting 240 guestrooms that resemble luxury cabins in the sky, the guestroom decor features a combination of iroko wood, leather, and rich brass finishes. The public spaces within the building maintain this bold aesthetic, with fine-crafted metal details, stonework, marble, and classic woodwork throughout.
The designers—Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch—wanted to convey the intensity of New York, a city that “celebrates industry and artistic inspiration,” according to an interview with Architectural Digest.
A cast-iron bronze map of New York is a nod to this sentiment, and creates a focal point in the double-height lobby, a striking space adorned with three different types of marble. From the outside, the building’s distinctive facade is reminiscent of a Miesian approach to design, blending modern elements with a traditional grid of black brick and steel.