The Knickerbocker Hotel

CompanyGabellini Sheppard Associates
ClientGabellini Sheppard
DesignerGabellini Sheppard Associates
Prize1st Place in Interior Design / Renovation
Entry Description

The renovation and restoration of The Knickerbocker Hotel, a fifteen-story, 175,000SF landmark Beaux-Arts building, is a modern interpretation to recapture the historic hotel from 1906, for the present traveler. The 330-key hotel was conceived as a sanctuary from the urban animation. Illuminated screens and a textural material palette within the spaces harness the city’s energy throughout the volume. The L-shaped lobby creates a grand, yet intimate arrival experience. The reception is punctuated by a monolithic stone elevator bank, forming a foyer to the espresso café. The hotel’s primary public fourth floor utilizes partitioning among seating areas, defining each area. Through the library, the 122-seat restaurant encourages social gathering. The rooftop is a carved within the historic oxidized copper along the mansard roof are private seating areas, employing space originally used for flagpoles supports. The adaptive reuse of the rooftop area salvages the historic shell to celebrate the building’s architecture.

About Designer

Gabellini Sheppard Associates is a multi-disciplinary architectural and interior design firm based in New York City. The studio has gained international acclaim for its signature design aesthetic in which space and light are used as sculptural materials. The firm embraces a wide range of scales and typologies from urban and commercial master plans to private and multi-family residences, fashion boutiques, hotels, restaurants, contemporary art galleries and urban spaces. The approach to design is defined by a specific set of criteria: the unique needs of the individual client, context and community; the development of a seamless and sophisticated background for the programmatic requirements; and the creation of an aesthetically pristine environment that employs sustainable design practices. The firm’s signature vocabulary is identified by an essential reductivism, attention to detail, and sensitivity to the intrinsic properties of building materials and location. Gabellini Sheppard Associates has been involved in hospitality, retail, public, art exhibition and residential projects in over fifteen countries worldwide. The firm’s international portfolio is harmonized by a team of design professionals from all over the world, assembling a fusion of cultures, languages and experience into their work. In addition to the work produced by the studio, the partners are passionate educators often giving lectures, serving on jury panels and as adjunct professors. The commitment to teaching architecture and design is most evident, however, within the Gabellini Sheppard atelier. Generating an integrated, collaborative approach to design, the partners and associates have enabled and guided new generations of design professionals to become aware of and prepared for today’s social and environmental challenges. The work of the studio has received a broad range of recognition, from architectural and design awards, to wellness, lighting and product design accolades.