A skyscraper is traditionally defined by its disconnection from the
ground. In addition, a hotel program attracts a high-end environment, typically
found in Downtown or Midtown Manhattan.
In contrast, Manhattanville, Harlem, is an area mainly characterized by
low-income housing and a local community in an urban environment which is
strikingly different from the southern areas of New York City.
We consider that a Manhattan-style approach would not be suitable for
this site. Thus, the aim of the project is to mediate between these two components
and create a new landmark that triggers the rebirth of the area.
The project is developed through the integration of different types of
users and the creation of a new hybrid environment that is variegated, sustainable
The building becomes a complex system composed of public and private
elements – the hotel tower, the residential block, the community centre and the
vertical park. Each identity is strongly defined, and their interconnection
creates a new layer of identity.
The building stems from the co-existence of a defined and solid social
context, a new hotel concept, and a powerful new vertical greenscape. This new identity,
which does not exist in New York City, proposes a hybrid typology that not only
revitalizes neglected urban areas but also creates a new way of addressing the
built landscape and the hotel typology.