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InterContinental Times Square Hotel, New York, USA
Friday 21 Dec 2012
For the new Intercontinental in Manhattan, Jeffrey Beers International designed over 450,000 square feet of space and created a serene oasis in the midst of bustling Times Square.
The visual language of the public spaces revolves around a verdant glass-walled courtyard, a nod to the hotel’s focus on sustainability (InterContinental was the first LEED-certified hotel in New York City). The plant-filled courtyard creates a lush backdrop for the lobby and a source of natural light for the guestrooms above. Against the fresh green of the garden, travertine with thick golden veining covers the lobby walls, complemented by vibrant scarlet fabric. Chocolate and cream-colored marbles artfully blend into a basket-weave pattern on the lobby floor. Massive columns accented with a sculpted bronze fascia puncture the floating ceiling plane, magically disappearing through a recess detail. Guestrooms are an extension of this tranquil setting, with their neutral palette offset by rich blue and black accents.
The sinuous carpet pattern references the organic motifs of the public spaces, and a variety of materials pay homage to New York’s rich Art Deco history, from the highly tailored furnishings to velvety chocolate woods paired with sleek white stone accents.
The two-story Presidential Suite offers breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline in a handsomely appointed interior with living and sleeping areas linked by a sweeping, grand staircase. Artwork in the suite and throughout the hotel was carefully chosen to reflect New York’s distinctive culture and creativity, connecting the relaxing interiors back to the hotel’s dynamic location.