New York

Dream Downtown Hotel



Dream Downtown Hotel
New York, NY

Client
Hampshire Hotels & Resorts
Awards
Hotels & Resorts Special Mention | Architizer
Citation for Design | AIA New York State
Hotel of the Year Award Finalist | World Architecture News
Top Hospitality Project of the Year | The Greater New York Construction User Council
Best of Year Awards Finalist | Interior Design Magazine
Best Hotel Award | Boutique Design Magazine
Best Exterior Award | Boutique Design Magazine
Architectural Transformation Award | Society of American Registered Architects New York
Photography
Bruce Damonte, Philip Ennis

Handel Architects provided full interior design services for the Dream Downtown Hotel, including all FF&E.

The building’s lobby was conceived as a gathering place within the building that unfolds through light and movement. The glass bottom pool above, dotted with portholes, allows guests glimpses through the water to the outside (and vice versa) connecting the spaces in an ethereal way. Light wells between the inside and the outside allow guests to be transported between spaces while hand-blown glass globes float through the lobby, filling the space with a dreamy light cloud. The teak wood enclosing walls recall a ship interiors and the building’s former use as the Maritime Union.


The bar is carved out of the teak wood walls, and is backed with an amber mirror and enclosed with a circular patterned glass block and blackened steel plate drink rail. The surrounding banquet walls of the dining room are upholstered with the same perforated black leather that Ferrari uses; the custom pattern replicates the building's façade for a modern play on the classic technique “Capitonné”.

In the lounge, eight sets of round, silver leather sofas reside below the light shimmering through the water of the glass bottom pool overhead. The sofas are a transformation of the classic Chester style; each set contains a semi-circular sofa, a round ottoman and two quarter-round benches that are modular and can be reconfigured to suit various events. 4 sets of 9 etchings by Anish Kapoor (artist of Sky Mirror): Shadow I, Shadow II, Shadow III and Horizon Shadow accent the overall natural palette with bright color and frame the lobby/restaurant space.