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01.17.2014
Open> Viceroy Hotel
Roman and Williams bring a downtown feel to a new 57th street luxury hotel.
Christian Horan

Viceroy Hotel
120 West 57th Street
New York
Tel: 212-830-8000
Designer: Roman and Williams

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.

Stela Rahman