New York is blessed with an endless list of great hotel designers and with its rich history in architecture, it creates the perfect recipe for reimagining some of the cities iconic buildings into world class hotels.
One great example of this is Martin Brudnizki’s & GKV’sBeekman Hotel. The original building from 1883 used to be the home for law firms & publishers who’s offices branched off the exquisite nine storey atrium that the Temple Building is so famous for.
Now the Atrium with its ornate gilded age balustrade & decorative floor tiles serves the hotel’s 287 guest rooms with the lower levels containing the lobby lounge, bar & celebrity chef Tom Colicchio’s restaurant.
Brudnizki wanted sympathetically restore the heritage elements of the building while developing the hotel’s own distinct aesthetic. When interviewed by Dezeen magazine he described;
“The whole idea…. is that it is very residential,” he explains. “It should look almost natural in a sense, that it has evolved over time and things have been replaced and added to it.”
By creating a homely feeling within the hotel, guests can instantly relate to elements of the interiors and this aids in their ability to relax within the spaces. The opulent fabrics & finishes give the essence of old world comfort but with the familiarity of home that visitors might better connect with. Too many luxury hotels fall down because people don’t feel comfortable enough to stay for long periods of time in super high end spaces, the Beekman thrives because each of its cleverly planned rooms encourages people to stay in the hotel.
The grandness of the Atrium is given a more intimate scale by colouring the space in a series of greens and heavy textures. Mix and match sumptuous furniture range from the 50’s to 70’s again adds to the feeling of Home, that the spaces has been procured and added to over time.
Thick handwoven contrasting rugs adorns the stone floor, which again assists with making the interiors more intimate.
Brudnizki uses stunning pieces of joinery to screen more private routes, such as the lifts, which also act as back drop to such a visually intersecting and diverse space. The bookcases filled with original period books give an authenticity to the idea of home & collection of items obtained from a life time of travel.
Antiqued mirrors, stain glass windows and intricate gilded detailing further add convincing storey that the interiors are telling.
The reception is clad in luxurious Persianrugs, creating a real iconic centre piece to the timber panelled annex of the hotel. (Probably my personal favourite reception desk) Decadent lighting with fringed lampshades bathe the interiors in warm homely light helping to put guests at ease upon their arrival.
The guest rooms are much brighter and fresher than the front of house interiors. White painted walls and dark timber flooring create a much simpler base to spaces. The period blue, red & green coloured furniture take on a different life in the bedrooms, which toyed with simpler rugs and bold punchy art work give the interiors a less busy feel.
GKV & Brudnizki have really brought the temple court building back into relevance by creating a timeless aesthetic that any weary traveller would immediately feel at home in. The iconic atrium space and original features have been brought back to life and the atmosphere and ambience in each space is perfectly influenced by the interior decor and furniture layouts. Another classic by Brudnizki.