Façade work is nearing completion at 305 West 48th Street, a 303-foot-tall hotel in Hell’s Kitchen. Designed by Gene Kaufman and developed by Bright Management with Rockwell Group as the interior designer, the structure stands 27 stories and will contain 211 hotel rooms. The project site is located at the corner of West 48th Street and Eighth Avenue, conveniently close to the Times Square and the Theater District.
Recent photos show the look of the main southern elevation and the eastern and western walls. The rectangular cantilevering floor plate at the top of the edifice looks to be shaping up with the glass railings awaiting installation. Some scaffolding and black netting remains near the top, just below a metal structural frame of columns and beams for the enclosure that will hide the building’s water towers.
An assembly of steel near the ground floor facing West 48th Street will conceivably become part of the main entrance. Sidewalk scaffolding partially obstructs the view of the lower floors for now.
The main rendering from past articles is outdated and an updated version hasn’t been released, but the overall building massing appears to follow the depiction. The nearly 73,000-square-foot project will allocate 59,000 square feet of space to hotel rooms. Amenities for guests and visitors include a bar and lounge in the cellar, a ground-level rear garden, a second-floor terrace, and a rooftop lounge on the cantilevering 27th floor,
No formal completion date for 305 West 48th Street has been announced, though sometime toward the end of the year or early 2021 is possible.