On the rooftop of the new Standard hotel in New York City hotel owner Andre Balazs shares the finer architectural points of his latest creation. A handful of design bloggers, including MoCo Loco, were invited this afternoon to get a personal tour of the hotel with Mr. Balazs. The new flagship Standard was both built by, and is now operated by, the Balazs company which means that the building design benefited from their years of hotel operating experience and no expense was spared to make it the best guest experience possible (developers are usually not the operators of a building and often cut corners to save money). Examples; colorless/tintless exterior glass to optimize the many views and distance the building from common green glass office buildings, 16 different room types for variety - none of which the traditional shoebox design, wider South facing rooms to take advantage of the abundant light, custom made bathrooms with separate showers and water closet... the list is long. The pictures after the jump tell more of the story.
The rooftop view facing North.
Looking up the North side, the gap on the right is for The High Line rail structure which literally runs through the hotel.
The floor to ceiling windows provide an unobstructed view, here below The High Line.
A glass walled bathroom looks out onto a bed.
Custom made lighting above the bed.
Lloyd Alter from TreeHugger was staying at the Standard this weekend, see his story here.