The Landmarks Preservation Commission is now reviewing proposals to construct a seasonal rooftop venue at W New York hotel in Union Square, Manhattan. Designed by Beyer Blinder Belle, renderings of the proposed addition were first revealed at a public hearing on August 25, 2020.
The preliminary renderings depict a 15-foot-tall, glass-enclosed volume with dark metal supports and a partially retractable roof. If approved, the project would create 2,180 square feet of new amenity space.
To accommodate the seasonal venue, the project will need to relocate existing AC units, a large generator, and exhaust systems. The proposals also call for an enlargement of the existing MEP bulkhead, extension of the existing stair bulkhead to connect into the venue, and a raised walking surface to create an outdoor terrace. The new terrace would include what appears to be light landscaping and a temporary viewing platform with glass railings.
The proposals do not reveal the location of anticipated food and beverage components, back-of-house areas, or seating layout.
Located at 201 Park Avenue South, W New York Hotel–Union Square occupies a 20-story structure originally known as the Germania Life Insurance Building originally completed in 1911. The building’s four-story mansard roof and deeply scored façade are impressively preserved and contributed to the building’s landmark designation at both the New York City and national level.
At this phase of development, the project team has not revealed a timeline for the proposed scope of work.