The first luxury boutique hotel in NYC's chic NoLiTa neighborhood, the Nolitan is a study in sophistication and subtle elegance. Architects Grzywinski+Pons Ltd chose to celebrate the stylish vibe of the neighborhood by infusing the building with an architectural and programmatic connective tissue that seamlessly joins the busy northern side and the smaller scale southern parts of the district. From its advanced glass system to its natural finished materials, the local gem is the perfect home away from home.
Located at the corner of Elizabeth and Kenmare Streets, the bifurcated building has an eastern and western volume that reflects the neighborhood’s scale. The eastern portion features a puzzle-like composition of channel glass and black terra-cotta and the western mass features point-supported, glass-fronted balconies surrounded by exposed concrete and wood paneling. In total, there is 3,310 square feet of exterior, double-glazed, vertical channel glass, with insulating glass units. Certified by the Safety Glazing Certification Council, the channel glass is low-iron solar P26/60/7. This low iron glass avoids the melancholic effect of the greenish cast northern light and instead fortifies the daylight for a cheerful effect. The interior is filled with bright natural light without compromising privacy.
The volumes are united by the same material palette and fused at grade with a contiguous ground floor that is open and inviting to the public. The materials for the entire hotel are elemental rather than being just a surface treatment, crafting a warm and cozy, yet sophisticated vibe. With use and age, the finishes will develop a patina that will tell a rich and beautiful story of the building.
Inside, Grzywinski+Pons carried in the same philosophy and some of the same materials as the exterior. The spaces are finished with all authentic finishes that bring out unique textures and characteristics: oak floors, exposed concrete, ceramic tile, leather, felt, blackened steel. Completed with a sunken restaurant and open public lobby, the ground floor ties in the two volumes and is a direct unfettered connection to the trendy NoLiTa neighborhood.
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