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SBJGroup - 60 Thompson
60 Thompson
Manhattan, NYC
Thompson Hotels LLC
Architectural Design

This project is a 14-story, 100 room luxury boutique hotel on a site which formally contained two 1-story garages. The site is on Thompson Street, just north of Broome, in the center of SoHo. Thompson Street is a classic SoHo side street containing a variety of building types of various heights, which are both residential and commercial. Because of the narrowness of the street and sidewalk, the new building was set back creating a front garden as an entrance, so that the new building acts as a counterpoint to the historic buildings on the block.

The hotel lobby and reception spaces are on the second floor. Most of the ground floor is devoted to a restaurant space that is connected vertically to a bar at the rear of the second floor, creating an interesting spatial modulation.

Typical hotel floors contain 10 rooms with a mix of King, Queen and Doubles, as well as a suite. The rooftop is centered on a 2-story duplex penthouse presidential suite, which provides access to multi-level outdoor terraces at the front and rear of the building. This suite can be rented in combination with adjoining rooms or as a party venue.

The facade is constructed out of a dark brown brick with cast stone ornamentation that harkens back to the best traditions of classic New York buildings. This is all interpreted in a modern way. However, much like classical facades, it is divided into three major zones; base, body, top. The focus of the facade is the 2-story penthouse presidential suite, whose massive expanse of windows is the visual crown of the building. A row of shallow balconies carries the line of the two-story penthouse windows down to the base, re-enforcing the facade's central focus.

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