New renderings by ‘Build It Bigger’ host Danny Forster show 220-room AC Hudson Yards hotel

November 29, 2017

Sky lounge floating high above the Lincoln Tunnel entrance at AC Hudson Yards Hotel (Credit: Danny Forster Design Studio).

Last year, 6sqft reported that demolition permits were filed by developer Arisa Realty to make way for a hotel that will rise amidst the rapidly-growing Hudson Yards development in far west Midtown, with Epstein Global listed as the architect of record. Now, CityRealty reports that preliminary renderings have appeared on the website of Danny Forster, host of the Discovery Channel show “Build It Bigger,” who is working with the architects on the project’s design. Plans have beens submitted for a 220-key, 120,000-square-foot hotel at 432 West 31st Street, and the the unconfirmed renderings refer to the AC Hotel Hudson Yards (Marriott AC is a subsidiary of Marriott Hotels for which the Hudson Yards hotel would represent one of the first forays into the U.S. market).

Arisa Realty purchased the 5,050-square-foot property for $11 million in 2013 according to city records and filed permits to build a 21-story hotel tower some months later, to be designed by Stonehill & Taylor Architects. In late 2016, permits, which have yet to be approved, surfaced, showing the new architects and a 25-story hotel.

The hotel would rise between the mega-projects Hudson Yards and Manhattan West, joining the area’s growing roster of high-profile tenants that includes Coach, Sap and Time Warner, the National Hockey League, JP Morgan Chase, Ernst & Young, and Amazon. The hotel’s proposed floor schedule shows 11 rooms on each of floors 3-22 with high-floor amenities that include a dining room, lounges, and a rooftop terrace.

Danny Forster, who hosts “Extreme Engineering” and “Build it Bigger” on the Science Channel is working with Epstein Global on the project’s design. The as-yet-unconfirmed renderings shown on Forster’s site show a design of balconies and staggered windows with some diagonal trusses at the building’s top and bottom.

The hotel is referred to on Forster’s site as AC Hotel Hudson Yards, with the main entrance located on West 32nd Street across from Brookfield’s Manhattan West rental tower, The Eugene.

Forster also designed the recently-completed 31-floor Courtyard by Marriott New York Downtown Manhattan/World Trade Center Hotel at 133 Greenwich Street, developed by Hidrock Properties.

[Via CityRealty]


Images courtesy of Danny Forster Design Studio.

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