1466 Broadway, New York
240,000 Square feet
330 Guest Rooms
Completion Date: February, 2015
The Knickerbocker, a legendary New York Hotel located in the heart of Times Square at the corner of Broadway and 42nd Street was originally created by John Jacob Astor IV in 1906. Over the years this magnificent building had been relegated to mixed use and offices. Peter Poon Architects was commissioned in 2010 to transform this New York City Landmark building back into a luxury 330-key high-end hotel. In addition to designing base building interior layouts, additions to the roof and ground floors, PPA renovated the gorgeous Beaux-Arts façade. Developing the project with Gabellini Sheppard Associates interior design concepts, PPAhas now reborn the Knickerbocker as the first luxury hotel in Times Square
151 Maiden Lane New York, NY
Square Feet: 140,000 sf
Guest Rooms: 272
Completion Date: July 2017
Once a rippling brook, Maiden Lane is one of the most storied streets of Manhattan. 151 Maiden Lane is located at the juncture of the Financial and the Seaport Districts, a rapidly developing enclave of restaurants, retail, and residential all adjacent to the new East River Waterfront Esplanade. Business and leisure travelers will have an upscale urban destination in a great locale.
PPA was commissioned in 2014 as architect to design the hotel and produce interiors for this 33-story building. Responding to the brand’s requirements for an innovative, sleek, European-inspired, design-led guest experience, the office turned to the water metaphorically. Undulating and rippling above a floating base, the guest floor tower is composed of successive angled floor to ceiling bay windows providing each room with spectacular views of the harbor and Brooklyn.
The floating base is filled by the sky lobby, bar, and restaurant on one deck. The overhangs of the floating base shield and welcome an indoor outdoor open glass entry and reception underneath it. And quite literally, the ground floor base will have flood gates to protect against another Hurricane Sandy.
The interiors of sky lobby, bar, and restaurant are open and flowing contemporary spaces overlooking a wide vista created by plazas both sides of Maiden Lane.
50 Bowery, New York City
Square Feet: 122,000
Guest Rooms: 226
Completion Date: September 2016
Once a major Native American trail, the Bowery in the mid-18th century was the main thoroughfare linking New York to Boston (the Post Road). On the corner of Bowery and Canal, also linking to the past, is a Landmarked, monumental, Beaux-Arts style building designed in 1922, a gateway maker for entrance to Manhattan via the Manhattan Bridge.
Adjacent to that landmark centerpiece of the Chinatown neighborhood is another site once occupied by a Tavern frequented by George Washington. At the location, PPA was commissioned in 2011 by local family developer to design a large multi-use building that included hotel, retail and community center programs. The design premise was to create a building that would be successful in its own right, reflect the success and aspirations of the present community while not competing with the history of the past.
PPA conceived of reserved 22- story, taught glass volume that would act as a mirror to the historic landmark and community. Literally, the bank building’s composition of monumental arched windows, renaissance inspired rusticated bases and dome can be seen reflected. Practically, the design seeks to optimize the number of keys per floor, to capture the best views for each guestroom, to ensure smooth and efficient flow of traffic for guests and back-of-house, and to embrace the bustling street life of the Bowery on the lower podium levels. Urbanistically, the hotel will offer amenities including arcade at the street level, community center terrace and parking. Socially, the building provides bar, restaurant, outdoor roof terraces, fitness center, and conference rooms.
The brand, Joie de Vivre, seeks design- driven environments with an original concept to reflect its location. This building fits these criteria perfectly.
45 West 38th Street, New York City
Square Feet: 76,800
Guest Rooms: 180
Completion Date: May 2014
PPA was commissioned in 2011 to design a hotel providing for the rich environmental experiences fit for the 1920’s mythical “Gatsby” character, Archer. The resultant building pays homage to the neighborhood's history in the fashion industry.
The design focused on a blend of old Garment District reserved context with a brick façade and contrasted it with a modern, articulated, open, and welcoming ground floor entrance. The glass-roofed garden terrace functions as an extension of David Burke’s ‘fabrick’. However most notable in the building design is a roof top indoor- outdoor terrace bar (Spyglass) with a stunning view of the Empire State Building.
All that being said, PPA undertook this project as a budget and schedule- conscious design- build delivery structure with the owner/ contractor, Flintlock Construction. PPA supported the office of Glen Coben who fit out the highly admired rooms and interiors.
120 West 41st, New York
Square Feet: 68,000
Completion Date: July 2016
Situated between Bryant Park and Times Square, the LUMA Times Square, created for Stanford Hotel properties is an upscale boutique hotel that PPA was commissioned to design in 2011. It stands 26 floors 257 feet tall.
The building is setback from the dense street wall characteristic of typical neighboring midtown blocks. As such, the façade is finally detailed as a transparent glass silhouette that brings light and air into the rooms and opens up an otherwise dark street. The facade is in concert with the high quality of the hotel’s brand identity. Travelers to “Fashion Week” at Bryant Park will feel at home.
The organization of the hotel is straight forward and reserved. The ground floor provides for hotel lobby, reception, and lounge and breakfast area. The upper floors are luxury guest rooms for experienced business travelers. PPA collaborated and supported CCS Architecture in the execution of public spaces. Stanford Hotel Group completed the rooms.
132 West 27th Street, New York
Square Feet: 147,200
Guest Rooms: 313
Completion Date: February 2016
INNSide is a European brand emphasizing contemporary architecture for the sophisticated business traveler. PPA was commissioned in 2013 to design both the building and the interiors for the first of its kind in the United States. The hotel is a 21-story modern building located half a block from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NoMad District.
NoMad is up and coming and incorporates tough- looking side block areas of the Flower and Fashion Districts. It is becoming transformed into an attractive location for trendy restaurants, nightspots hotels, residences, and upscale businesses. PPA’s design for the lobby, bar, garden terrace and full service double- height restaurant fulfills the expectation of the neighborhood. They are stunningly open and contemporary. The resultant venue provides for both intimate and large scale social activity.
The hotel’s modern image is created by a classic glass façade that stretches the full 120-foot width of the building. The hotel, set back in contrast to the gritty buildings lining the street of this tough neighborhood and also providing a full width garden arcade, is a welcome and fresh addition.
219 East 44th Street, New York
Square Feet: 132,000
Guest Rooms: 230
Completion Date Hotel: July 2016
Completion Condominiums: November 2016
EVEN Hotels is a brand concept created by InterContinental Hotels Group in 2012 to create a hotel that meets travelers’ holistic wellness needs. That year PPA was commissioned to design their New York Flagship, a 35-story hotel and residential condominium tower in the Grand Central/ United Nations neighborhood of Manhattan’s East Side.
For prominence due a flagship, PPA created a svelte tower setback from the street clad with silvery metal panels articulated with rectangular outset windows boxes and guest room bays. Crowning the top is a glass box built of window and curtain wall encasing the residential condominiums
The offset hotel entry is literally and duly flagged with welcoming banners set above a large glass entry marquee. Above the marquee among the flags is a full width, south facing terrace, an extension of the second floor hotel bar and food area. These two are fully open to each other with a twelve foot folding glass wall. Social activity will be maximized.
The arcade storefront is finished with narrow horizontal metal slat. This nice street element is consistent with the EVEN hotel brand emphasis on human scale, wellness and health
Times Square South
321-325 West 35th Street, New York
77,350 Square Feet
150 guest Rooms
Completion Date: November, 2015
This 25-story hotel is located in the tough but rapidly changing Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood south of Times Square. PPA was commissioned in 2012 to design a second location for then new EVEN Hotel brand in an urban location.
PPA’s interior configuration is noted by a triple-height lounge and food area descending two cellar levels enhanced by amphitheater seating for social relaxation seating.
The building volume is understated and handsome. It is comprised of a metal panel street-wall base and light gray set-back tower. For character, in contrast to the tough neighbored, we articulated the façades with a horizontal pattern of bands that syncopate and incorporate the fenestration. The storefront and marquee are finished with narrow horizontal metal slat. This nice street element is consistent with the EVEN hotel brand emphasis on human scale, wellness and health.
100-15 Ditmars Blvd East Elmhurst, NY
Square Feet: IBIS 49,000 S.F., Aloft 89,000 S.F.
Guest Rooms: IBIS 93-Keys, Aloft 148 keys
Completion Date: February, 2017 Approximately
Located off Grand Central Parkway across from LaGuardia Airport, PPA was commissioned in 2014 to renovate and transform both the exterior and interiors of these two mid-century modern “beltway” hotel buildings into a contemporary and striking ensemble. Both IBIS and Aloft brands emphasize the importance of guest experience through a design- oriented product.
Both IBIS, a 9-story circular building and ALOFT , a 7 story rectangular building were renewed with unifying elements applied including floor to ceiling guest room windows, silvery metal panels, crowning roofs, welcoming canopies, and enlarged transparent glass entry lobbies at the base. Both facades were treated with playful highlight colors. The IBIS has green gradient bands circling the floors recalling the brand. The ALOFT with a Mondrian pattern of blue and yellow on the facades as well as under the “Swoosh” roof overhand and entry canopy.
The interior design concept for the IBIS, the 9-story circular building, provides a distinct local personality and with a colorful, bright and energetic brand spirit with a hint of humor. Inspiration is taken from the NYC Subway system. The implementation applies derived colorful signage, graphics and vignettes having tongue-in-cheek humor. Throughout the project color, lighting, furnishings and accessories are used to create a space that triggers happy mood.
The interior design of the ALOFT uses open flowing spaces. No walls. No limits. The finishes are an industrial color palette of natural woods and smooth gray metal, urban-inspired aesthetics. Truly a converted modern loft building
PPA reduced the mid-century parking lot base and worked with a landscape architect to significantly tree- scape (a rarity in spaced constrained New York ) to provide an outdoor experience for the hotel guests to unwind. The IBIS entry has a welcoming and serene fountain and waterfall.
60 West 36th Street, New York City
Square Feet: 174,000
Guest Rooms: 310
Completion Date: April 2017
PPA was commissioned to design this 41-story hotel in 2012, and was directed to focus on an enhanced design as well as development criteria. The design concept for Embassy Suites is built around four design criteria:
First, the design expresses its locale – the Fashion District. The façade design represents a taut shimmering gold patterned fabric with a interweaving warp and weft. The slender tower draped in such a fabric is intended to evoke effortless simple elegant style.
Second, the transparent main entry setback from the street creates a welcoming public space. The entry is literally a runway into the heart of the building.
Third, adjacent to the entry is a glass encased “jewel box” café and bar open to the entry plaza and to the street, enlivening the street in a more human scale.
Lastly, using one of the key identifying elements of the brand, the “atrium”, as the focus of the entry “runway”.
181 Varick Street, New York
Square Feet: 52,222 sf
Guest Rooms: 120
Completion Date: 2010
PPA was commissioned to design a 19-story boutique Courtyard by Marriott with 120 rooms in the Soho neighborhood in Manhattan. The hotel includes amenities such as a restaurant, outdoor terrace, and rooftop bar.
The façade is composed of floor to ceiling clear glass window wall offset with blue Trespa panels with vertical red highlighting. The entry is a Paris Metro style curved glass canopy held with stainless columns.
135 West 30th Street, New York, NY
Square Feet: 123,929 SF
Guest Rooms: 273
Completion Date: December 2013
Courtyard is a lodging brand that created the upper-moderate tier for the business traveler. This urban location in Midtown/Chelsea/Flat Iron offers easy access to not only major corporations but some of the Big Apple's best attractions including Madison Square Garden, the Theater District, Times Square, Koreatown, Chelsea Market and the High Line.
PPA was commissioned in 2011 to design both the hotel building and interiors and for this 21-story hotel that stands 220 feet tall. The 101-foot frontage is set back from the street. This street level area is covered by a transparent glass roof at providing a welcoming entry and patio. The guest rooms are designed with floor to ceiling windows that are composed on the façade in vertical bands that are in turn framed with masonry-clad vertical frames. The upper level is clad in metal panel.
The Interior Design concept for the public level was to bring the outdoors in. The sequence of entry, lobby, and café spaces accessing the back terrace has a sense of continuity. The design of the guestrooms was conceived with the urban location in mind. Using mild tones, natural colors, and abstract patterns, with pops of color related to the rest of the public spaces
133 Greenwich Street, New York
Square Feet: 148,600
Guest Rooms: 317
Completion Date: Opening 2016
This building is located at one of the most compelling locations in Manhattan - just outside the 9/11 Memorial site, at the corner of Greenwich and Thames Streets. Hidrock Properties commissioned Peter Poon Architects to design this 30- story building in 2011 with input from Danny Forster Studio.
The modern, innovative design with massing lifted above the street was created to float above the National September 11 Memorial. The hotel is wrapped with multi-facetted façade materials composed of curtainwall, metal screen and paneling.
Guests will be able to enjoy views of Lower Manhattan and Hudson River from a rooftop lounge. A bistro space and outdoor terrace hovers just above the memorial on the sixth floor with floor to ceiling windows.
Based on initial designs from Danny Forster and Kobi Karp, PPA generated the interiors with a theme/concept which is modern and inviting. The most notable of these spaces is the sixth floor with a large open space, wood paneled walls and sloped ceilings, and remarkable views of the World Trade Center and Memorial.
136 West 42nd Street, New York City, NY
Square Feet: 175,000
Guest Rooms: 282
Completion Date: September 2014
Located on legendary 42nd Street, this 36-story modern, floor to ceiling windowed hotel was designed by PPA after being commissioned in 2010. The hotel lobby, with views of Times Square, was placed on the fourth floor and accessed by a sky lobby elevator from street. Both a restaurant and terrace overlook the scene below.
The hotel building was conceived to look out to the bright lights of Times Square (some rooms and public spaces have a direct views of the New Year’s Eve ball drooping) and was thought of as a bright icon itself. Signage was designed for the party walls and an illuminated marquee welcomes you to the light-filled lobby. The 2nd to 3rd floor façade is leased to a signage company and maximizes the signage requirement for buildings in Times Square. The illuminated attraction is the largest digital signage on 42nd Street.
The façade is a curtainwall, with variegated colors of blue over spandrels. The building rises to a gridded top covering a mechanical floor. Having the hotel lobby at the fourth floor provides for additional street life by with retail and commercial condos at the lower levels.
50 Trinity Place, New York, NY
Square Feet: 79,000 sf
Guest Rooms: 173
Completion Date: June 2017
Situated diagonally across from Trinity Church Yard, one of the most historic sites in Manhattan, and located in the center of the Financial District steps from Wall Street, this site will be an ideal spot for the global business traveler or for tourists appreciating the unique local. The surrounding buildings are rich with Grand Architecture ranging from Gothic, Greek Revival, Beaux Arts & Art Deco to modern contemporary skyscrapers.
PPA was commissioned as Architects and Interior Designers in 2012 to design this 26-story building focusing on meeting Aloft’s urban inspired aesthetic and savvy use of space. The design observes the required street context with a seven-story base and then set backs with a multi-faced tower. The corner facing Trinity Church Yard is opened with floor to ceiling windows from the entrance and unzipped all the way to the top. The exposed floor slabs recall cornices on adjacent buildings. Guest room windows along Rector Street all are faceted directing views to the Church. The hotel entrance also on the corner is open and double-height. It is marked by a swooping marquee to additionally acknowledging the landmark and creates a welcome entry.
The interior draws inspiration from transformations of surrounding commercial buildings into modern loft-like apartments with features such as high open ceilings, prominent architectural elements, urban industrial furniture & accessories. Since the site is located in a prominent historic neighborhood. Art & accessories with a hint of the past will be used throughout the space.
63 West 35th Street, New York
120,000 Square feet
Guest Rooms: 289
Completion Date: February, 2009
Herald Square is a retail hub located in the heart of the City. PPA was commissioned in 2006 to design both the building and the interiors for this 31-story hotel located midblock between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The masonry façade and tile base fit in with the hearty New York manufacturing buildings located on the side streets.
In contrast to the district’s toughness, PPA activated the street by setting building back from the sidewalk line providing a plaza terrace where a garden grille (an extension of the lobby bar) is located with outdoor seating. The design includes additional amenities such as fitness center, business center, meeting rooms, restaurant, lounges, bar, outdoor plaza, and penthouse suites.
152 West 26th Street, New York
Square Feet: 121,702 sf
Guest Rooms: 280
Completion Date: 2010
Located in New York City's fashion quarter, this modern, upscale hotel is a 7- minute walk from Madison Square Garden arena and a 13- minute walk from the Empire State Building.
All rooms offer chic decor and custom-designed beds, plus 37-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and WiFi (fee). Some also feature city views.
Amenities include trendy bar/ grill serving gourmet burgers, plus a rooftop cocktail lounge with views of downtown Manhattan. There's also a 24/7 fitness center, a business center and 1,100 sq ft of meeting space.
235 West 35th Street, New York, NY
Square Feet: 47,000
Guest Rooms: 92
Construction Cost: 18,000,000 Approx
Completion Date: June 2006
The Garment District of Manhattan is in the center of midtown where urban grit meets world-class sophistication. PPA was commissioned to design a simple rate hotel for business travelers in this eclectic neighborhood. The project was constructed on a 41 ft. by 100 ft. site and is 17 stories tall.
The design concept for the hotel building incorporates glass and masonry on the façade with a pattern designed to evoke the rhythm of the regular street grid system of Manhattan. The building is setback from the street wall to provide for light and air. The setback entrance is welcoming with a Paris-Metro type canopy flanked by garden a terrace with tables extending the interior restaurant.
The interior lobby was conceived as spacious, double height with a wrap-around balcony. PPA collaborated with Design Force implementing the interiors fit-out.
161 Front Street, New York
Square Feet: 70,050
Guest Rooms: 176
Completion Date: March 2015
The history of Front and Fletcher Street in lower Manhattan adjacent to the South Street Seaport is tied to 19th century commercial and passenger seagoing activity. This was a time of extraordinary energy that saw maritime sail loft buildings erected throughout the neighborhood.
PPA was commissioned to design a 31-story hotel. While the brand was for budget travelers the office needed to step up and respond to this rich neighborhood. The design concept looked to the historic context and adopted the large window bays and open-glazed look of the adjoining loft buildings using modern frames.
Further, addressing the importance of the location in a budget sensitive manner, PPA articulated the unfenestrated lot-line windows on the east and west with geometric graphic intersecting lines. These Mondrian-like sinews are a contemporary gesture in a historic context. They stand in contrast to the 19th century Clipper Ship’s masts and rigging seen at the docks across South Street.
For interiors, PPA supported the office of Glen Coben who designed the fit out of the rooms and public spaces. His design concept also paid homage to the area’s history with a nautical theme. The upper rooms look out over the docks and East River and onto Brooklyn.
Technically PPA designed and implemented flood gates that can be installed on the ground floor upon warning in the previously mentioned window bays. The building will be protected when the next hurricane Sandy hits.
341 West 36th Street, New York
Square Feet: 74,000 S.F
Guest Rooms: 228
Completion Date: Spring 2009
This contemporary hotel in Midtown Manhattan is 2 blocks from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station (Amtrak station, LIRR, NJ Transit & MTA Subway trains), and a 10-minute walk from Times Square.
All rooms offer modern decor and custom-designed beds, plus flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, Wifi (fee), coffeemakers and mini-fridges. Some rooms offer skyline views.
An on-site breakfast and dinner restaurant with an outdoor patio serves bistro meals and tapas. There's also a 24/7 fitness center. Additional amenities include 2 meeting rooms and a business center.
151 Maiden Lane, New York
Square Feet: 270,000 sf
Guest Rooms: 438
The proposed study envisioned the development of a 4-star international hotel on a prime location at downtown Manhattan. This property is situated in the midst of Financial District, two blocks away from Wall Street and one block south of the South Street Seaport historical district. It is also one short block away from East River, where a beautiful new river walk park and set of public piers has been constructed by the City of New York.
The first floor of the proposed building would house lobbies for the hotel use, roof top bar and 4,000 sf of retail use. It would also accommodate a drive- through/ drop off for the hotel guests, and drop off valet parking of approximately 2,500 sf designed as accessory use for the hotel. The second floor will accommodate 6,000 sf of retail use, elevated at approximately 18'-0" above the ground level, accessible by escalators from ground floor lobby. Total amount of retail uses will be approximately 10,000 sf.
The fourth and fifth floor of the building will accommodate all the reception, front of the house functions which will include 12,000 sf of meeting spaces, pre-function areas, guest lounges, hotel bar and restaurant, business center and administrative spaces. The total amount of area dedicated to this use will be approximately 20,000 sf.
The 7/F to the 36/F of the building will accommodate a total of 438 keys which offer unobstructed views towards Manhattan and the East River.
The third and sixth floors will accommodate hotel services and administration with meeting/ banqueting support and F&B as required. Two mechanical floors were to be located within floors 7/F to 36/F to efficiently serve all spaces. Additional hotel back of house space will be located within floors 7F to 36F as needed.
In recognition of the particular location of the site, the whole building project was to be designed to mitigate any future flood damages that can occur with a 100 year storm. All necessary electrical, mechanical and life safety systems were to be located above the highest flood elevations.
PPA was commissioned to design an 80,000 sf hotel in midtown Manhattan. The hotel has 188 guestroom in a 25-story building. The hotel offers amenities such as an exercise room, restaurant, lounge, outdoor garden and business center