New York, NY (PRWEB) December 12, 2012
If all good design reveals place, contemporizes history, and celebrates what is most unique in a property’s DNA, then the Quin achieves greatness via trifecta. Architecture and interior design firm Perkins Eastman has drawn upon the former Buckingham Hotel’s incomparable pedigree and enviable location in the heart of Manhattan to create a luxury hotel that captures the essence of New York, past and present.
Once home to some of the 20th century’s greatest musicians and painters, the Quin has no shortage of artistic roots and, situated as it is at the intersection of two of the city’s great thoroughfares (57th Street and Sixth Avenue), the Quin has a surfeit of contemporary inspiration to draw upon.
The architects and interior designers at Perkins Eastman characterize their re-imagination of the Quin with four evocative buzzwords: axis, nexus, purlieu, and rendezvous.
Axis: Connecting Four New Yorks
The first of these speaks to the property’s essential centrality. The Quin draws upon the energy of its four surrounding neighborhoods: to the north, Central Park, with its serenity and gloriously tamed nature; to the west, the cultural glories of Steinway and Carnegie Hall; to the east, the no-less-impressive shrines to commerce found at the intersection of 57th and Fifth; and to the south, the city’s two great entertainment centers, Rockefeller Plaza and Times Square.
As Perkins Eastman Principal Shawn Basler puts it, “The Quin was conceived as an axis between these different New York neighborhoods; each quadrant informs the design, creating the kind of dynamic interaction you find in the city itself.”
Nexus: A Historic Artists’ Retreat
While the Quin’s design reflects the multifaceted modern city, it concurrently draws upon a rich history. Designed in 1929 by leading architect Emery Roth, the Buckingham became the established home of some of the 20th century’s greatest talents, from the expatriate composer Paderewski to that most American of painters, Georgia O’Keefe. The latter is saluted in grand fashion in the lobby’s Grand Salon.
Purlieu: Welcome to the Neighborhood
One of the unique characteristics of the old building footprint, according to Basler and team, was its lack of presence on the street where it lives. The new design opens inside to out – tall windows and a glass canopy make it clear that there is a new addition to the neighborhood:
the hotel, of course, but also the public spaces of lobby and restaurant are clear enhancements to city life for natives as well as guests.
By taking advantage of the existing 25ft-high windows and by adorning the façade with a new glass and metal canopy, Perkins Eastman has transformed a commonly overlooked bit of architecture into the focal point it should be.
Rendezvous: Meeting on the “City Stage”
The Quin’s public spaces present a symphony with movements: geometric forms seem to float; textures and colors play both contrapuntally and harmoniously.
Leather-wrapped columns soar to ceilings covered in 22k gold leaf and hammered metal plates that reflect the teeming activity below. Rich finishes play off one another, with faux bois paneling, couture curtains, chandeliers of hand-blown glass, and custom-painted walls (finished with as many as fourteen layers). The effect is sophisticated, dramatic, even mysterious.
In the Gallery, massive book-matched slabs create a striking geometric pattern rendered in custom Italian cast plaster by one of Italy’s leading masters. The Drawing Room is a contemplative space off the Gallery, with paneled walls in cerused oak that recall the clubrooms and performance halls of the neighborhood’s past.
The gateway to the Quin’s “backstage” – the elegant 200 guest rooms and suites that fill the hotel’s 17 stories – is an elevator lobby lined with honeycombed cast plaster, a floor of Italian white marble flecked with caramel accents, and mirrored arches around the elevators that reflect flattering gold accents upon the hotel guests.
Backstage: The Guest Rooms and Suites
“The guest rooms are composed of a sophisticated urban palette,” says Basler, “With uniquely personalized detailing, think of each room as a well-tailored suit or couture dress.” Warm, rich-toned fabrics offset the clean lines of built-in furniture with felicitous details like leather drawer pulls and door handles. The rooms’ sumptuous urban sophistication and sybaritic comfort are artfully balanced with the latest technology, delivering the kind of seamless connectivity contemporary travelers demand.
Suites take advantage of corner locations and fill the extra space with added amenities like larger bathrooms with soaking tubs and open showers.
On the 14th and 15th floors, the O’Keefe and Paderewski Specialty Suites have been designed to reflect the artistry of their respective namesakes, which is just one more example of the way the Quin draws upon the remarkable history of the building – and New York itself – to create truly special spaces filled with contemporary life.
About - The Quin:
The Quin, New York City’s newest luxury lifestyle hotel debuting in winter, is located on the corner of 57th Street and 6th Avenue. At the intersection of art, music, and fashion, its privileged Midtown location provides effortless access to Central Park, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Museum of Modern Art, and Fifth Avenue couture. The Quin melds modern opulence with its rich artistic heritage in each of its 200 thoughtfully appointed guestrooms including 25 suites.
Guests relish in urbane and intelligent services, from Quintessential Assistants who curate a guest’s New York experience, to distinguished amenities like an Executive Boardroom for 12, state-of-the-art Technogym fitness center, Apple equipped drawing room, Dux® beds by Duxiana, bath amenities by Fresh®, and a world class 200 seat restaurant and signature bar by a Celebrated Chef.
Renowned architecture and interior design firm, Perkins Eastman, has transposed a contemporary masterpiece on the classical foundation that was once home to cultural icons like pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski and artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Resonating with refined repose, the Quin is the Quintessential New York Hotel.
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