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June 5, 2014
When creating a hotel in the madhouse that is New York's Times Square, designers can go one of two ways—create a protected sanctuary that provides some quiet from the nonstop bustle on the streets, or make a 24-seven party house that attempts to capture the neighborhood's energy. The newly opened CitizenM, the European hotel brand's first outpost in the U.S., does a little bit of both. With architecture and interiors by Amsterdam-based firm Concrete, the hotel offers an ample lobby for lounging, drinking, and laptop-ing the day away (on plush Vitra furnishings, no less), while compact, streamlined bedrooms provide peaceful sleeping perches. Click through the slideshow for a tour of the bright space.
citizen m exterior entrance canopy
At the base of the 21-story hotel in New York's Time Square is a canopied entrance that leads into the double-height lobby. "We tried to incorporate the dynamic of city life by setting the building back from the [sidewalk]," says Erikjan Vermeulen, a partner at the Amsterdam-based firm Concrete. "The large canopy over the entrance plaza reaches over the sidewalk and emphasizes the connection with life on the street." The large, overhead lanterns were designed by Concrete and manufactured by Frandsen. Photo by Adrian Gaut.
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tall cabinets with miscellaneous collection of objects
A 24-foot-high cabinet that begins on the entrance plaza continues inside, running the length of the lobby. "The cabinets create a familiar atmosphere for everyone: a 'home away from home’ for our guests," Vermeulen says. "They're filled with art for inspiration, accessories from all over the world, books, TVs, and more." An Eames Elephant and La Chaise chair for Vitra provide one of the lobby's many seating spaces. Photo by Adrian Gaut.
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"We tried to create places where [people] can work, meet, eat, drink and relax," Vermeulen says. "This calls for a large variety of seating arrangements, all with their own intimate atmospheres but still part of the whole." A large mural by Julian Opie, carved out the granite cladding of the elevator core and filled with gold leaf, provides a dramatic backdrop for a long communal table lit by hanging Tom Dixon pendant lights. Hella Jongerius's Polder Sofa for Vitra sits next to Fauteuil chairs by Jean Prouvé, restyled by G-Star Raw. Photo by Adrian Gaut.
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aerial view of bright communal lobby
In addition to work and lounge areas, the spacious lobby includes a 24-hour canteen and bar. Photo by Adrian Gaut.
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guest room with large window and HPL wood
Each guest room features a bed tucked against a large window. High-pressure laminate wood lines the floors and ceilings. Photo by Adrian Gaut.
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rooftop bar with green sofas and overhead lanterns
The rooftop bar features custom green sofas and lanterns by Concrete meant to replicate an urban garden. "Every great spot in New York has a rooftop bar," Vermeulen says. Photo by Adrian Gaut.
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citizen m exterior entrance canopy
At the base of the 21-story hotel in New York's Time Square is a canopied entrance that leads into the double-height lobby. "We tried to incorporate the dynamic of city life by setting the building back from the [sidewalk]," says Erikjan Vermeulen, a partner at the Amsterdam-based firm Concrete. "The large canopy over the entrance plaza reaches over the sidewalk and emphasizes the connection with life on the street." The large, overhead lanterns were designed by Concrete and manufactured by Frandsen. Photo by Adrian Gaut.

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