New Hell's Kitchen hotel set to top out at 18 stories.

A new Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites designed by Gene Kaufman Architect (GKA) will top out next month at 538 West 58th Street.

The 86,000s/f, 18-story, 226-room hotel lies between 10th and 11th Avenues, within easy walking distance of the beautifully landscaped Hudson River greenway. Barone Management is the developer.

Said GKA principal Gene Kaufman, "This hotel combines the convenience of a midtown location with the quiet street character of a residential neighborhood. Best of all, the zoning-district boundaries bisecting the site gave us the opportunity to create both north-facing views that overlook John Jay College's beautifully landscaped roof, and high-rise, west-facing views of the Hudson River."

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The hotel features two seemingly separate structures, an 18-story tower and an adjoining 10-story building, recessed from the street wall at different depths.

The tower, which projects slightly forward of its shorter sibling, has a compelling verticality, the result of its height and narrow frame. Further enhancing the upward thrust is the curtain wall of the top three floors and the use of aluminum wall panels to separate the tower's windows. The fillips come together to create a single architectural through-line from the 18th floor all the way down to the street.

The round floor and lobby are reached through the hotel's sunken entryway, which also allows for a 2,300 s/f landscaped plaza in front of the hotel.

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