Sofitel New York Hotel
Structure in general
- With an asymmetrical T-shaped footprint, its lateral load system is based on shear walls and a gravity frame.
- Large transfer floors, curtain walls, and pre-cast facades accomodate a column-free ball room and lobby.
- The Sofitel has 400 luxury guest rooms including 52 suites
- The architectural design features a limestone and glass tower, flanked by two rectangular 20-story wings.
- The design was chosen after an architectural competition which included entries from famous architects such as Michael Graves & Associates.
- In the center of the lobby there is a 2-story rotunda with a curving staircase, a tall wooden sculpture, and a mural of Central Park.
- The cylindrical tower on top of the building's front side features an inscribed logo of 3 birds flying.
- The back side of the hotel overlooks a small mid-block plaza between 45th and 46th Streets.
- Two shades of glass are used for the windows, with the lighter shade on the lower floors and a slightly darker tone near the top.
- The Sofitel New York Hotel was the winner of the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2000, presented here on February 22, 2001.
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