Construction is wrapping up on the new Marriott Courtyard & Residence Inn combo at 1715 Broadway. The end result is pleasant filler, which is more a testament to Midtown’s density than to good design, as the tower rises over 750 feet. The hotels are budget-friendly, so the Nobutaka Ashihara-designed building—per his website, also known as 1717 Broadway—is definitely an example of cost-conscious but nonetheless appealing architecture.
The glass on the upper floors isn’t noteworthy, but the podium cladding is exceptional—it almost looks like a mirror, and is a great addition to an otherwise run-down stretch of Broadway. The skyscraper is the tallest all-hotel building in New York, and will open in 2014.
Here’s an update on the site from last March, and the progress on both 1715 Broadway and the neighboring new towers is incredible—almost an entire city block’s worth of new buildings have gone up in the past year.