16 East 30th Street Wraps Up Construction in NoMad, Manhattan

16 East 30th Street. Photo by Michael Young

Construction is wrapping up on 16 East 30th Street, a 22-story hotel in NoMad. Designed by Brooklyn-based firm Baobab Architects and NAA, the 37,000-square-foot structure stands 225 feet tall and will yield 102 guest rooms. The building rises from a small parcel between Madison and Fifth Avenues, next to a multi-story parking garage and adjacent to the base of Sky House, a slender residential skyscraper completed in 2008.

16 East 30th Street. Photo by Michael Young

The reinforced concrete edifice has a pair of dark-colored eastern and western elevations, while the main northern elevation is clad in glass and features a stepped and sloped building massing on the upper half of the building. This section is expected to be utilized as outdoor terraces for a select number of hotel rooms. The back southern side is flat and also includes a glass envelope to match the front of the hotel.

16 East 30th Street. Photo by Michael Young

The back side of 16 East 30th Street. Photo by Michael Young

The back side of 16 East 30th Street. Photo by Michael Young

The most recent change at the site is the removal of the sidewalk scaffolding along East 30th Street, giving a clearer perspective of the ground floor. We also spotted a black steel canopy being assembled across the width of the project, suspended over a small set of descending staircases that lead to the front doors and into the main lobby. Dark square and rectangular tiles surround the adjacent walls of the property, while four-way glass spider fittings are attached to the top of the steel canopy beams awaiting large panes of glass. The main lobby is going to sit next to a reception and breakfast area.

16 East 30th Street. Photo by Michael Young

16 East 30th Street. Photo by Michael Young

16 East 30th Street. Photo by Michael Young

A final opening date for 16 East 30th Street was not announced, but sometime in the coming months seems likely.

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12 Comments on "16 East 30th Street Wraps Up Construction in NoMad, Manhattan"

  1. It’s not exactly great, but it’s not bad either.

  2. David in Bushwick | March 30, 2021 at 9:09 am | Reply

    It’s obviously for building code reasons, but can anyone please explain specifically why Manhattan hotels are invariably setback from the street wall?
    They need to fix the code.

  3. Such a hideously boring monstrosity…. these hotels are destroying the scale and fabric on New Yorks architectural landscape

  4. DOB “sky-plane”. What mean?

  5. I feel sorry for the tenants of the building on the left who either had their windows covered by a cinder block wall, or now are in eternal darkness due to that black wall of 16 E. 30th!!

    I still don’t understand how developers can get approval by building a new tower right up against an existing one, thereby sealing up their existing windows? 🤔

    • David in Bushwick | March 30, 2021 at 10:57 am | Reply

      That is the risk you take when you build up to the lot line. The adjacent property should not be limited by someone else’s windows.

    • How do you not understand this? Its literally how the city has been built for 200 years…

  6. Another hotel that will soon be turned into a homeless shelter which the city will be paying outrageous prices to room these people. The city spends 3 BILLION a year to put these people in hotels instead of building permanent housing.

  7. It’s called Sky exposure plane, per NYC DOB code.
    Actually, it doesn’t block left building’s windows at all. Left building higher levels setback even more. Importantly, both lower and higher levels have no side windows right for area next to 16 E 30th.

  8. David : Sent From Heaven. | March 31, 2021 at 12:25 am | Reply

    Beautiful routine on the development, you know the structure shows its youngest materials as normal with it was joined by dark-colored: Thank you.

  9. I was always hoping someone would build something all the way up Sky House’s blank wall, between its windows.

    No chance of that now.

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