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Project: "Conrad New York Atrium"
Company:MPdL Studio with Kohn Pederson Fox Associates (KPF) as executive architect.
Designer(s): MPdL Studio Design Team: Monica Ponce de Leon, Maria Rondeau Guest, Mira Henry, Gabriela Benincasa, Melissa Harlan, Jeff Dee, Le Nguyen, Lisa Huang, Richard Lee , United States
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Entry Description: At the core of this Conrad Hilton project in lower Manhattan was the transformation of an existing conventional, vacuous hotel atrium. Our strategy has been to capitalize on the atrium’s inherent geometries to address its disjointed character and functional predicaments. The intention was to create a unified identity for the space, while dealing with the atrium’s overwhelming scale, and designing it to appropriately house multiple activities. The atrium displays an immense Sol LeWitt drawing as its main feature, which acts as a point of inspiration for our design, and incorporates the art as a centerpiece. Framing the Sol Lewitt, we introduced a series of suspended “veils,” whose atmospheric effect at once fills the space while seeming to expand it. Weighted vertical lines and sinuous horizontal curves flow through the project’s entire language, producing new effects that disrupt the atrium’s stark monumentality.

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