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SBJGroup - The Library Hotel
The Library Hotel
Manhattan, NY
2000
Client
Library Hotel Collection
Services
Interior Design
Architectural Design


Project Size
31,843 gsf

This project consists of the adaptive reuse of a twelve-story, obsolete office building originally constructed in 1912. The building is unusual since it is 12-stories high and only twenty-five feet wide. The facade was constructed in a gothic revival style, predominantly of tapestry brick and terracotta. Its most distinctive feature is a five-foot deep, copper-clad bay window that projects onto the Madison Avenue setback.

Since the building is located on "Library Way," a library theme was selected for the building. Each guestroom carries an individual theme within its floor "concept". For instance, rooms on the seventh floor ("The Arts") focus on the performing arts, fashion design, photography, sculpture, graphic arts and architecture. The theme of each floor is reflected in details such as the artwork, as well as the shelved books available for guests to enjoy during their stay.

The design of the interiors of the building uses a classically modern décor. The guestrooms feature custom, built-in mahogany storage units with space-saving features such as pullout tabletop to accommodate room service trays. Cappuccino tufted-leather headboards, gold-veined granite countertops, reversible banana and sage crepe bedcovering and shimmering champagne filigree wall coverings combine to create a warm ambiance, as well as a balance against the richness of the woodwork. The wide-set squares of the headboard are echoed in the checkered sage and adobe custom carpeting.

Because of the small floor plate configuration, the size of the bathrooms had to remain more or less conventional, however, the designers added dimension to the bathrooms by installing eight-foot high, custom designed mahogany doors, containing sandblasted glass panels. This theme is repeated in a window panel that matches the materials and proportions of the door and flanks a dressing niche, a totally unique feature that not only expands the dimension of the bathroom, but does wonders for the comfort of the guest.

Awards
Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design. International Hotel/Motel and Restaurant Show, 2001
Building Award for Excellence in Design and Construction. Queens County Builders and Contractors Association, 2000
Design Award of Merit. Society of American Registered Architects, 2000
Press
Former Office Building to be Converted to Boutique Hotel. Real Estate Weekly. May 5th, 1999
New Yorks New Digs. Conde Nast Traveler. September, 1999
Gotham Hospitality. Oculus. March, 2000
New York, NY: The Apple Today. Metropolitan Home. May-June 2000
In the Streetscape- Housing Travelers. Oculus. January, 2001
Checking Out the Inn Crowd. New York. February 5th, 2001
Check Out Any Tome You Like. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. April 10th, 2002
Life in Library. Salon Interior (Russian). September, 2002
Screening Room. Better Homes and Gardens. June, 2003