The Westin New York at Times Square was acquired through a design competition to create an 850-room hotel that would give the illusion of two slender towers from what was otherwise an ordinary square tower.
A 10-story midsection, housing the hotel suites, mediates between the retail podium and the tower. Here, a checkerboard of glass windows punctures a large-scale abstract design that appears to be a multi-dimensional gigantic origami.
We successfully developed a theme for the hotel interior with the exterior, beginning with the beam of light that rises up through the hotel’s seven-story interior atrium. Colors and shapes from the exterior were translated to a smaller scale and reintroduced on the interior in public spaces and guest rooms.