Construction has started on Radio Tower and Hotel, a 21,800-sq. m. (234,653-sq. ft.), mixed-use, high-rise in northern Manhattan.
The 22-story building is Dutch-based global architecture firm MVRDV’s first major US project. It combines hotel, retail, and office functions in stacked blocks, and will reflect the neighbourhood’s, as well as set a direction for the area’s future development.
The architects designed the structure for developer Youngwoo & Associates to fill an underutilized lot.
“Radio Tower & Hotel, located at the thinnest part of Manhattan Island between the Hudson and the Harlem River, is a colorful new building that will strengthen an already wonderfully mixed and vibrant neighborhood”, MVRDV principal Winy Maas said in a statement.
The building will include hotel rooms, workspaces, event spaces, and retail units. The hotel will be an important hub for those traveling for conferences hosted by the Yeshiva University and the New York Presbyterian Hospital, located nearby, the statement says.
MVRDV is collaborating with executive architect Stonehill & Taylor and a team of experts, including Workshop APD for interiors, Cosentini Associates for building systems, GACE for structural consultation, CANY Technical Services for façade engineering, and Filament Hospitality. The building is expected to be ready in 2021.