Stonehill Taylor used metal in a variety of applications in its design for Crowne Plaza HY36 Hotel Midtown Manhattan. The modern, industrial hotel design was inspired by transportation centers nearby including Penn Station, Port Authority Bus Terminal, Lincoln Tunnel and Grand Central Station. The project encompassed the entire 119,348-square-foot hotel, its exterior façade, lobby, restaurant and 251 guest rooms.
Neill Parker, AIA, LEED AP, principal at Stonehill Taylor, says, “The façade is composed of corrugated metal and glass panels arranged in a rhythmic, vertical configuration. Corrugated metal is rendered elegant here through its aluminum finish, ribbed texture and interlocking geometry.”
At the base of the tower, an eight-story, steel-and-glass atrium creates a dramatic entry experience. At the same time, it preserves towering street walls that are part of the architectural vernacular of the hotel’s location in the Garment District.
The atrium’s 80-foot-high glass façade is supported by large, galvanized steel trusses. The trusses are fully visible from the outside. Stonehill Taylor specified a galvanized finish for the trusses to complement the façade and create an industrial décor element inside. Additionally, the ceiling of the lobby is made from corrugated metal, in continuation of the architectural statement of the façade.
The project utilized 35,000 square feet of ATAS International Inc.’s Metafor metal wall panels in Silversmith. The panels are attached with Knight Wall Systems Inc.’s CI (continuous insulation) rainscreen attachment system.
The first floor of the building has a curtainwall, storefront system and in-swing windows. The project used Tubelite Inc.’s 200 Series Curtainwall, Shure Star LLC’s overhead storefront system and 255 of Pioneer Window Manufacturing Corp.’s 3000 Series in-swing windows. Additionally, at the restaurant entrance, Boon Edam Inc.’s three-leaf, 8-foot diameter, revolving doors were installed. Crowne Plaza HY36 Hotel Midtown Manhattan was completed in September 2017.
(Excerpted from Metal Architecture, July 2018)