Opened in Fall 2017, Crowne Plaza HY36 is a 250-foot high hotel building that embodies a modern industrial architectural expression inspired by the surrounding neighborhood’s centers of transportation, past and present.
At the base of the tower, the eight-story steel and glass atrium creates a dramatic entry experience. Encased almost entirely in glass, the atrium’s transparency and use of raw industrial materials in the interior blur the boundary between inside and out. Guests encounter a majestic sight upon entering: soaring concrete columns clad in leather that run the height of the atrium, and five 50-foot tall cascading chandeliers.
The light fixtures, designed to evoke necklaces dangling from the ceiling, connect guests to the space by creating a nuanced sense of intimacy while simultaneously providing an opportunity to appreciate the colossal volume of the atrium. Textured finishes were held to a low datum to define the inhabitable space of the ground floor. Glazed brick and colorful concrete tile are not new materials, but were used in modern ways to complement the galvanized exterior’s nod to the past. The real neon exterior signage was also used to this effect.
The ground floor plays host to destination restaurant The Great American, all by our same design team. The restaurant has three entries: from the street, where three hanger doors open to the sidewalk, within the lobby, and to the rear of the hotel, which opens onto a business lounge and outside patio with a second full bar and retractable skylight roof. On the 4th and 6th floors, amenity spaces range from a full gym to two meeting rooms that open onto the hotel’s vast atrium setting.