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Radio Tower & Hotel
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DESIGNER
 
 
MVRDV
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CONTEXT
 
Location
Radio Tower Hotel, MVRDV, Winy Maas, New York, Manhattan, Washington Heights, Stonehill Taylor ArchitectsWashington Heights is an area that is already going through significant development, and is likely to see even more dramatic changes in the near future.

As one of the neighbourhood’s most significant developments to date, Radio Tower & Hotel attempts to show how such changes can respect and enhance the existing character of the area.
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Radio Tower Hotel, MVRDV, Winy Maas, New York, Manhattan, Washington Heights, Stonehill Taylor Architects
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DESCRIPTION
 
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Radio Tower Hotel, MVRDV, Winy Maas, New York, Manhattan, Washington Heights, Stonehill Taylor ArchitectsRadio Tower & Hotel is a 21,800-square-metre mixed-use high rise located at 2420 Amsterdam Avenue in the Washington Heights area in Northern Manhattan. The 22-storey building, which is MVRDV’s first major project in the United States, combines hotel, retail, and office functions in vibrantly stacked blocks, reflecting the vivacious character of the neighbourhood and setting a direction for the future development of the area. Completion of the building is expected in 2021.

Radio Tower Hotel, MVRDV, Winy Maas, New York, Manhattan, Washington Heights, Stonehill Taylor ArchitectsDesigned for developer Youngwoo & Associates, Radio Tower & Hotel will occupy a currently underutilised lot at a crucial intersection: where Amsterdam Avenue meets the Washington Bridge, which connects Manhattan to the Bronx; and just one block away from the I-95 highway, one of the major links between Manhattan and New Jersey.

The distinctive massing of the building resolves the project’s main challenge: accommodating a large volume of program while remaining contextual. Radio Tower & Hotel takes the typical composition of a small block in Washington Heights, pulls it apart and then reassembles it into an asymmetrical stack of boxes with openings and roof terraces. These boxes are designed to appear like separate buildings: each is roughly the same size as others in the neighbourhood and features its own specific window pattern inspired by the nearby buildings. The boxes also take inspiration from the vibrant colours of the shopfronts in the majority-Hispanic neighbourhood, with each part of the building being finished in a different colour of ceramic bricks. Combined, the elements of the building’s external appearance form a condensation of the characteristics of Washington Heights’ existing urban fabric.

Inside, Radio Tower & Hotel provides an answer to the area’s need for a diverse range of hotel rooms, workspaces, event spaces and retail units. Washington Heights is the 5th largest neighbourhood in New York with a population of over 150,000 people, but it is currently served by just two 50-room hotels. The Hotel will therefore be an important hub for those traveling for conferences hosted by the Yeshiva University and the New York Presbyterian Hospital, both of which are located nearby. Meanwhile, the event space located in the building’s blue volume will add a facility that did not previously exist in the neighbourhood, offering locals a space to host weddings and other parties with spectacular views from the adjacent rooftop terrace.

The ground floor functions are positioned to support an active street level and are well connected to the retail of 181st Street and bustling Amsterdam Avenue. The hotel entry leads to a ground level courtyard space open to both users of the building and residents of the neighbourhood, which will include a coffee bar and a community garden for use by the locals. Several roof terraces provide space for outdoor events and boast views of Washington Heights, Manhattan, and beyond.
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Radio Tower Hotel, MVRDV, Winy Maas, New York, Manhattan, Washington Heights, Stonehill Taylor Architects
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POINTS OF VIEW
 
 
“Radio Tower & Hotel, located at the thinnest part of Manhattan Island between the Hudson and the Harlem River, is a colourful new building which will strengthen an already wonderfully mixed and vibrant neighbourhood”, explains Winy Maas, principal and co-founder of MVRDV. “The building forms a ‘vertical village’ with blocks that are the same size as the surrounding buildings, thus avoiding the common drawback of large developments in which new skyscrapers overwhelm the existing character of the city. It will be a colourful, welcoming beacon for people entering Manhattan.”
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LOCATION
 
Continent
North America
Nation
United States
State
New York
Metropolitan area
New York City
County
New York
Town
New York - Manhattan
Address
2420 Amsterdam Avenue, New York
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
Buildings for travel and tourism
Hotels
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Commercial buildings
Shops
Buildings for recreational activities
Clubs, association headquarters, venue for events
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2017 - 2018    
Realisation
2018 - 2021
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CLIENT
 
 
YoungWoo & Associates
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Floors
22
Surface
sq.m. 21,800
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STRUCTURES
 
 
GACE consulting engineers dpc
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STAFF
 
Project
MVRDV
Principal-in-charge
Winy Maas
Partner
Frans de Witte
Design team
Fedor Bron, Mick van Gemert, Mark van den Ouden, Samuel Delgado, Ronald Kam, Fouad Addou, Daniele Zonta, Yassin Matni, Giuseppe Carosini and Giuseppe Campo Antico
Plastic models, rendering, visualization
Antonio Luca Coco, Kirill Emelianov
Executive architect
Stonehill & Taylor Architects
Interior design
Workshop APD
Consultant
Filament Hospitality [Hotel Management]
Systems
Cosentini Associates
Facades consultant
CANY Technical Services, LCC
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CREDITS
 
 
Render © MVRDV
Diagrams © MVRDV
Text edited by MVRDV
Courtesy of MVRDV

Radio Tower Hotel, MVRDV, Winy Maas, New York, Manhattan, Washington Heights, Stonehill Taylor Architects



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