Since emerging from the ground late last year, 6 Platt Street has gone up very quickly, and the new hotel appears just about topped-out. Its neighbor, 215 Pearl Street, has not begun construction yet, as its plot is being used as a staging area for work on 6 Platt. Naturally, 6 Platt’s eastern wall is blank, another indication accommodations for 215 Pearl’s construction have been made.
Completion of 6 Platt is scheduled for 2014, and the building will hold a 263-room Four Points by Sheraton. How the final product turns out remains to be seen, but first judgments of the 27-story tower are not promising; currently, 6 Platt has the appearance of a vertical jail, with windows few and far between.
Whether the base of the building makes an attempt at contextuality – as renderings had indicated – remains to be seen. The eventual facade is expected to be composed of generic white panels and diminutive windows that are offset from floor to floor – perhaps a failed attempt at giving the building a touch of individuality.
6 Platt is located deep within the canyons of Lower Manhattan, and will be completely invisible outside of the immediate block, so the tower’s aesthetics are not a huge deal; it would be nice if it appeared less prison-like, though.